Apply for the Every Move Counts Chess in Education Fellowship

By:    Date: 03-11-2014

Spend time after graduation bringing the academic and social benefits of chess to children

The UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility is seeking highly motivated, talented individuals to coordinate and implement the Every Move Counts initiative at The University of Alabama and in K-12 public schools.

Educational research shows chess improves critical-thinking, problem-solving and concentration skills as well as math, reading and English scores. The game also teaches life skills such as patience, responsibility, independence, self-discipline, sportsmanship and planning ahead.

Fellowships will begin in July 2014. Similar to positions with AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps, this fellowship provides leadership experience with the most highly regarded community-engagement initiative on campus. You also will be helping develop the Every Move Counts initiative as a model that can be duplicated in other cities.

Additional information is below. If you are interested in applying for this position, please e-mail a resume and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Stephen Black at stephen.black@ua.edu.

Fellowship description
College graduates selected for the Every Move Counts Fellowship contribute to a nationally unique initiative that brings the academic and social benefits of chess to a growing number of disadvantaged children. CESR seeks highly motivated, talented graduates to fill full-time positions that involve coordinating and implementing the Every Move Counts initiative at The University of Alabama and in K-12 public schools. Educational research shows chess improves critical-thinking, problem-solving and concentration skills as well as math, reading and English scores. The game also teaches life skills such as patience, responsibility, independence, self-discipline, sportsmanship and planning ahead. While education communities in the United States have begun to recognize the benefits of chess and the number of chess programs in schools is growing, Every Move Counts is unique in utilizing college students to implement chess lessons in schools. Similar to positions with AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps, this fellowship provides leadership experience with the most highly regarded community engagement initiative on campus. You will be helping develop the Every Move Counts initiative as a model that can be duplicated in other cities.

Skills required
Successful candidates will possess knowledge of the game of chess and its educational benefits for children as well as experience with service learning. They also will exhibit: a commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged children; a record of community service and/or civic engagement; demonstrated student leadership; the ability to work well with a diverse group of individuals, including college students, K-12 teachers and administrators, children and their families and community-based partners; the ability to multi-task and exhibit flexibility in a fast-paced environment; and a positive attitude.

Additional Information
The Every Move Counts Fellowship will involve (1) Recruiting UA students to participate in Every Move Counts: A Chess in Education Project both in a service-learning capacity and as volunteers (2) Coordinating the Every Move Counts service-learning course (3) Communicating with principals, teachers and parents in elementary, middle and high schools to maintain and expand during- and after-school chess classes as part of the Every Move Counts program (4) Scheduling UA students to teach chess classes in Tuscaloosa schools (5) Overseeing UA students’ service in schools as part of Every Move Counts to ensure the standards and values of the University, the Center for Ethics and the Every Move Counts program are met and represented, respectively (6) Coordinating/attending at least two chess tournaments/events hosted by Every Move Counts