Want to be a Chess Coach?

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Want to be a Chess Coach? Free chess coach training program to start Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

The Seward Montessori Chess Club wants to expose as many children as possible to chess and to increase the amount of kids playing, especially girls. There is a need for more chess instructors at all levels to support a growing interest at Seward.

Jack Mangan is a former Seward staff person and was instrumental in starting up the Seward Chess Club in the 90s. He currently directs a non-profit called Minneapolis Chess whose mission is “Teaching Kids to Be: Intellectually Productive, Emotionally in Control and to Have a Plan.” See www.mplschess.org

Jack has generously agreed to run an 8-week chess coach training program free of charge. The District-approved program is geared towards teachers to help them coach chess and teach chess as part of every day curriculum. The course will offer a choice of 8, 16, or 24 Continuing Education Credits. Jack has also agreed to open the course to committed parents and community members and is willing to customize the program to suit our needs.

Sessions will be Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm at the Chess Castle [1121 Jackson Street NE, Suite #134, Minneapolis, MN 55413 | In the red brick Waterbury building on the NW corner of Central and Broadway]. The course will begin Tuesday, February 4, 2014* and end March 25, 2014. Make up dates are possible. *Updated start date.

Lessons from the curriculum below will be given from 6:00-7:00pm (8 CE credits). The following two hours will be devoted to game play and mentoring the participants. Teachers staying from 6:00-8:00pm over the 8-session course are eligible for 16 CE credits and those staying from 6:00-9:00pm are eligible for 24 CE credits.

Minneapolis Chess – Course Description

  • Session 1: Teaching the Moves and the Rules
  • Session 2: Teaching Opening Principles
  • Session 3: The Art of Checkmate
  • Session 4: Tactics 1 – The Fork
  • Session 5: Tactics 2 – Pins and Skewers
  • Session 6: Tactics 3 – The Discovered Check
  • Session 7: Using Chess to Teach Problem Solving
  • Session 8: Integrating Chess into Your Curriculum


To register, please contact Pete Munene, Seward Chess Club parent, at sewardchess@gmail.com or c/txt 612.396.9511