Notice for Our Broward Education Foundation Workshop Attendees
After your first workshops you will receive an email with a link to be enrolled in one of our Teachers online classes in ChessMagnetSchool.com. While the screen shows you signing up for a 30-day membership, your fee is actually paid for an entire year.
To use ChessMagnetSchool for your own study, first log-in to your account. Then Select ENTER THE STUDENT TRAINING ROOM. You click Start and the system will automatically begin to feed you puzzles to solve. You can do these or pick a selection from the tabs. Under Topics you select your chess ability level and then the topic. CMS also offers two tests. THESE ARE NOT THE NSCF TESTS. Again, we have purchased your membership on this site so you can continue to improve at your own pace long after the workshops are over. Please take advantage.
NSCF Online Tests
The teacher tests required for NSCF certification after each workshop are also hosted on ChessMagnetSchool.com. FIRST LOG IN TO YOUR ACCOUNT and then go to this URL to launch the tests: http://www.chessmagnetschool.com/coachtestbeta.php Select START and give it a moment to load; you will get a yellow menu with just the 2 tests. Pick the first one (Fundamentals) and go for it.
Don't be intimidated by the test. It is graded on a curve with 1 point for getting the correct answer on the first attempt and .75 for getting it on the second attempt. You can retake the test whenever you feel ready. There are 56 questions and you have one-hour but it should take you around 45 minutes. Again, the test is timed so if you find you are spending too much time on one question, move on to the next. It is important to finish!
When you pass the Fundamentals test with a score of 80% or above you will receive a certificate from NSCF.
For Workshop #2, it's the same except you must have already passed the Fundamentals test AND you take the Skills test. This test allocates 90 minutes but it should take around one hour. The grading system gives you 1 point for getting the correct answer on the first attempt, .75 for getting it on the second attempt and .5 for getting it on the third.
For those who hate tests, you have a second option to become NSCF-certified: Just work your way through the levels that correspond with the concepts presented in our workshops. To achieve NSCF Level 1 certification, work your way through ChessMagnetSchool until you complete the GUARDIAN level (Level 6). Then send me an email and let me know you have achieved this level. For NSCF Level 2 certification, work you way through until you complete the MARSHALL level (Level 11); again email me when you complete this.
Additional Resources for Teachers
Report on the NSCF in Broward County – The NSCF and Broward Education Foundation are pleased to present a short summary report on the Next Move Chess Initiative from June 2015 through December 2016. You can also click here to read the October 2014 to May 2015 report.
With so many chess books available, our Recommended Books page can help you in selecting beginning and intermediate books for different ages/grades.
Instructional resources: Sunil was featured in Concordia University's School of Education newsmagazine with an article that provides a brief overview of some specific benefits of chess in education.
Want to start a chess club? A GUIDE TO SCHOLASTIC CHESS was created to help teachers and scholastic chess organizers who wish to begin, improve, or strengthen their school chess program. It covers how to organize a school chess club, run tournaments, keep interest high, and generate parental and public support. Courtesy of Dewaine Barber and American Chess Equipment.
For more in-depth information on starting an after school program, we recommend you check out the many resources offered by our friends at the After School Alliance. One of their publications is the very comprehensive Beyond the Bell (PDF) Startup Guide. We also recommend you connect with the Florida After School Network.