Chess In Education
Standing Committee of the US Chess Federation
2022-23 CIE Charter
Chess in Education Committee
The Chess in Education (CIE) Committee is a US Chess Executive Board (EB) appointed body formed to advise the EB on activities related to chess in education that look to assist teachers, schools, districts, and state boards of education with resources relevant to the use of chess as an educational tool.
Membership on the Committee will be approved by the EB. The Committee shall have between 9 and 13 members, and two Co-Chairs who will be approved by the EB. Members will be chosen based on their experience using chess as a tool in an educational setting or their experience integrating chess into curriculum. All members are appointed for 1-year terms.
Duties and Responsibilities
Compile list of publicly available resources appropriate for in-class use at K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 levels. Appropriate resources shall include “how to play chess” information, as well as “how to integrate chess” into various subject areas (e.g., the use of chess when teaching a foreign language, history, geography, etc.). All resources shall align with national education standards. Provide links to resources that are also aligned with state and local standards, where known.
Develop a training framework for credentialing teachers who utilize chess as an educational tool.
Identify curricular program opportunities that utilize chess as an educational tool (e.g., chess pen pal classroom program to teach culture, language, history).
Curate credible research studies that link chess to various learning and social outcomes.
Facilitate a community of practice on the US Chess website that provides for knowledge exchange and best practices among chess in education practitioners, as well as space to share & discuss other timely topics.
Develop an advocacy toolkit to help schools implement and fund chess programs in schools.
Structure and Operation
The Co-Chairs are responsible for organizing and scheduling at least four (4) meetings of the Committee each year. The Co-Chairs shall provide all Committee members at least one week (7 days) of notice before scheduling a meeting. Both Co-Chairs preside over the meeting, and if one is absent, the remaining Co-Chair will preside.
All meetings must have an agenda, shared at least 3 days in advance of the meeting with all Committee members. When making motions, voting on matters, etc., the committee shall use Roberts Rules of Order.
The Co-Chairs can serve up to four consecutive years before taking a minimum 2-year break prior to serving as Co-Chair again.
Conflicts of interest among Committee members and the activities of the committee must be disclosed at the beginning of each committee year, with new conflicts disclosed at subsequent meetings.
The Committee will report quarterly to the Executive Board through its liaisons (either Board or Staff).
The Committee will host an annual virtual “Chess in Education Workshop” and will make a recommendation on the best time of the year to host that workshop. The US Chess Office will assist by providing a virtual conference link.
The Committee shall use a web portal provided by US Chess to perform its business.
Ranae Bartlett - Co-Chair
John Galvin - Co-Chair
John Galvin is the longtime coach and coordinator of the chess program at I.S. 318 in Brooklyn. The program was featured in the award winning documentary Brooklyn Castle which documented the power of chess to change the lives of children.
The school has won over 60 national championships over the last two decades culminating in the widely celebrated winning of the High School National Championship in 2012. He serves as an assistant principal at the school and serves on the Board of Governors of the Marshall Chess Club.
In June 2015 veteran chess instructor Dr. Jeff Bulington, formerly of Memphis, joined the newly formed Southwest Mississippi Chess Foundation (SMCF) to lead a chess program in county schools. Assistant chess coach Bobby Poole, who is also a United Methodist pastor, joined SMCF after he retired from C Spire in 2015. Since then as executive director of SMCF, Dr. Bulington and Mr. Poole have introduced chess to over 150 students in lower and upper elementary schools in Franklin County, as well as teaching adult classes. 60 Minutes did a feature story on this program which many have seen.
The new program is privately funded. The chess program has the potential to improve analytical thinking and academic achievement for participating students for years to come. Currently, the elective program is offered to students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Their goal is to add a grade each year to the school chess program.
I am entering my 24th year in education. I teach in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) in Michigan. Our population is currently 50,000+ scholars. I teach in a pre-K – 8 setting. My teaching assignment continues to be very rewarding every time I see the bright smiling faces of students eager to learn new things.
In DPSCD, I have been coaching chess for the past 15 years. During that time, the school has had chessclub and chess team components. We have done well during my tenure competing at local, state, and national tournaments. Specifically, I have taken the team every year to spring nationals: elementary, middle, or high school. My team, Detroit Bates Academy Chess Team, has played with heart and tenacity and have many awards to display our success. I have also had the opportunity to work with amazing coaches and be embraced by the chess community. Since 2008, I have been an organizer, coach, and volunteer for The Detroit City Chess Club.
Sophia Rohde is an International Organizer and the youngest person to ever become an International Arbiter. For over 35 years she has taught chess in New York City, leading the program at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School since 1990. She is a Hall of Fame inductee of the New York State Chess Association (NYSCA), where she currently serves as Vice President. A longtime delegate and committee member for US Chess, Sophia still drives the creation of new events. The Magnus League, a new high school team chess league, held its first meet on November 23, 2013 — the day after Magnus Carlsen became World Champion. The New York State Girls Championships debuted in 2017. These events were only interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will return in Fall 2022.
Ms. Rohde specializes in curriculum development, project-based learning, and using chess as a social/emotional tool in the classroom.
Abel Talamantez has over 10 years of experience in the field of educational chess, having served as a coach in hundreds of elementary school programs, as well as worked with parents and school administrators in the development of chess in school programs. He founded his own chess school, Castling Kids in 2012, and has since served as Chess Director at the Mechanics' Institute in San Francisco, and now, as Chess Program Director at Hamilton K-8 School in Novato, CA, where he teaches over 200 kids in a full time chess program. The goal at Hamilton is not only to develop a competitive chess team, but also to use chess as a tool for learning and to help kids develop socially and emotionally through chess as well as enhance critical thinking. Abel is also a US Chess Senior TD, FIDE Arbiter, FIDE Instructor, FIDE School Instructor, and FIDE Chess in Education Lecturer.