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Every move Counts:

A chess in education project


Every Move Counts is a service-learning course that examines educational disparities and reforms while improving math, reading, critical thinking and analytical skills of school-age children through chess.

New in Spring 2010, this innovative service-learning course facilitates learning about educational disparities, examines progressive education reform efforts across the country and investigates the proven academic, social and behavioral benefits children gain by learning chess. In addition to class discussions and coursework, students develop lesson plans and teach chess to children at local schools.

Extensive educational research shows chess improves reading, English and math scores, general intelligence, self-esteem, analytic skills and concentration abilities. In academically at-risk children, additional benefits often include increased motivation and school attendance, better behavior and improved self control. Since gender, ethnic background, socioeconomic status and spoken language are irrelevant to the game, chess brings together diverse groups of children, helping them build friendships they might not have formed otherwise.

For more information about this course, view the Every Move Counts brochure or contact Olivia Grider at ogrider@ua.edu or (205) 348-6493.