Granite Gambit

Connecting Chess to the NH Classroom

 

Register for Chess in Education Certification

 

4-day Level 1 CIE Instructor Certification: July 22-25, 2024

  • Fee: Early bird registration: $799; After June 14: $899
  • Classroom chess equipment set (recommended): $299

2-day Level 2 CIE Instructor Certification: July 25-26, 2024

  • Fee: Early bird registration: $449; After June 14: $499
  • Prerequitsite: CIE Level 1 Certification

Location: Manchester Community College, 1066 Front St, Manchester, NH

Lead Instructor: Jerry Nash

“Big Bang for Little Bucks”

Making the Case for Educational Chess

 

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Courses

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Duration: Four Days

Prerequisites

Classroom teaching experience. Basic knowledge of chess rules including piece movement. Teachers with no chess knowledge may register but will be asked to complete assigned internet-based chess lessons prior to attending class. Free ChessKid.com and/or Think Like a King licenses will be provided to all participants in advance of training.

Course Description

See how chess connects to any area of the curriculum allowing teachers to engage student interest, differentiate for complexity, and encourage critical thinking in and beyond the classroom. Participate in a hands-on experience designed to introduce the game of chess and demonstrate deliberate classroom connections. Learn how to incorporate chess in the classroom as well as plan an after-school chess program. Learn teaching methods that develop chess skills as well as academic and 21st century skills. Discover activities to differentiate for differing skill levels, keep students motivated, and build student participation. Learn how to integrate critical thinking, literacy, and math into chess-related activities. Learn how to communicate with stakeholders about the benefits students are gaining from chess. Successful completion of the course along with a passing grade on the final online test grants the participant certification from Chess in Education – US as a Level One CIE Instructor.

Learning Outcomes 

Through interactive lecture, group discussion, and hands-on activities, participants will:

  • Learn/Review basic chess knowledge with a view to instructional methodology.
  • Connect chess to teaching academic and 21st century skills.
  • Discover ways to differentiate for varying skill levels.
  • Learn chess notation and how to use it as a literacy skill.
  • Learn strategies for classroom management along with using mini-game and social chess activities that help to differentiate for varying chess skill levels and keep students motivated.
  • Develop initial plans for a school chess program.
  • Use generative AI for proposals for a school chess program, lesson plans, and more.
  • Create and share lesson or program plans that integrate course knowledge.
  • Complete an online assessment based on course content.

Classroom Chess Equipment Option

Classroom chess training equipment is available as an option. A classroom set includes:

  • 12 chess sets
  • 1 demo board
  • Motivational chess-related items
Duration: Two Days (12-14 hours)
Prerequisites: Level One Certified Instructor Training and experience teaching children in either a classroom or club setting.
Course Description

Participate in hands-on experiences designed to improve chess skills. Gain additional experience in designing chess-related lessons and after-school chess programming. Learn about activities which will increase student participation and maintain student interest. Learn what is required to sustain a classroom chess program over time within a school or school system. Successful completion of the course along with a passing grade on the final online test grants the participant certification from Chess in Education – US as a Chess in Education Instructor – Level 2.

Recommended for educators who want to…

  • Improve their chess skills to teach students with greater confidence.
  • Learn from other teachers the successes and challenges of using chess as an educational tool.
  • Assist other educators in building a CIE program.
Learning Outcomes

Through interactive lecture, group discussion, and hands-on activities, participants will:

  • Build on basic chess knowledge.
  • Create chess-related activities for differentiated skill levels.
  • Learn and create examples of additional connections between chess and curriculum standards for lesson planning.
  • Share additional program activities and strategies with other CIE leaders.
  • Discover ways to improve communication with stakeholders.
  • Discover free AI prompt engineering tools for CIE planning, promotion, and teaching.
  • Identify the risks to success that school chess programs face and how to mitigate them.
Duration: Half Day (3 hours)
Target Audience: School and District Administrators and Educators
  • considering chess in the classroom programs, or
  • looking for ways to increase the educational benefits of current programs
Prerequisites: None. No chess experience needed.
Course Description

Discover what the Granite Gambit program offers to students and teachers. Hear what educators in other states are saying about chess as an educational tool. Participate in a hands-on experience designed to introduce the game of chess and demonstrate how chess engages student interest, offers differentiation, and encourage critical thinking in and beyond the classroom. Learn about the variety of Chess in Education approaches being practiced nationally and internationally and their strengths and weaknesses. Understand the steps needed to create a sustainable chess program.

Learning Outcomes

Through interactive lecture, group discussion, and hands-on activities, participants will:

  • Receive an overview of the Granite Gambit program.
  • Learn introductory chess skills.
  • Learn how chess builds critical thinking and life skills.
  • Understand the varieties of Chess in Education programs.
  • Determine next steps for a chess program in their school or district.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Paul Roberts

paulroberts@chessineducation.us

Administrative & Technical Support: support@chessineducation.us

Jerry Nash