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Alabama Chess in Schools


Year 3: ACIS Training Expands to more than 30 schools, 90+ teachers.

June 26, 2017 - Chess in Schools LLC is conducting teacher training in Robertsdale, Montgomery, and Alabaster this month. The training includes sessions for both new and returning teachers.

Classes are led by National Education Consultant Jerry Nash and supported by a team consisting of Neil Dietsch (ACF), Blair Heald (Baldwin County Public Schools), Christine Purdy (Chambers County Public Schools), Telura Hamilton (Shelby County Public Schools), Andy Meadows (Alabama State Department of Education), and Caesar Lawrence (CaesarChess).

Training focuses on:

  • Making connections to chess in the course of teaching traditional topics (e.g. math, science, history, art, social studies, reading)
  • Teaching chess with curricula, lesson plans, internet-based tools, and techniques
  • Personal chess skill enhancement
The program is expected to reach almost 3,000 K-12 students this fall.



Talladega and Tuscaloosa Schools to Join ACIS

February 24, 2017 - Talladega City SchoolsTuscaloosa City Schools, and Tuscaloosa County Schools have been selected to join the Alabama Chess in Schools Initiative this Fall.

In Talladega, Graham Elementary, Houston Elementary, Salter Elementary, and R.L. Young Elementary, Zora Ellis Jr. High, and Talladega High will take part. Tuscaloosa County participants will include Lake View Elementary, Brookwood Middle School, and Brookwood High.

Tuscaloosa City Schools, which already has programs active in some of its schools through the University of Alabama's Every Move Counts program, will expand chess in schools through the ACIS program. Initial participants will include Martin Luther King Jr Elementary, Verner Elementary, and Woodlawn Elementary.Ao


What is ACIS?

Alabama Chess in Schools is an innovative ground-breaking initiative to promote child development through chess in schools throughout Alabama. In elementary grades it involves teaching chess at least once a week during the regular class day plus an after-school program. For middle school and high schools, chess would typically be an after school elective though some schools have chosen to also integrate chess training into their regular classroom schedule.

Mrs. Carroll,Chess Lead
Mrs. Payne, Chess Teacher
Coach Carr, Chess Coach