As a Christian, social worker, and teacher I have come to realize that our most vulnerable children suffer from the same basic challenge: social Isolation and/or unhealthy connections. My work over the past 20 years has been to connect young people to healthy communities like schools, churches and meaningful work. The results have been astonishing. Connected children are more motivated, responsible and self-directed. One of my most effective tools has been the game of Chess. When used strategically, it serves as an "on ramp" to relationship building. This program shows you exactly how to use the game to build relationships, character and individual performance.
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Character Chess is a research-based character education program designed to enhance the way the game of Chess is taught to learners. It is a values based program that teaches the value of character and the importance of being "good." The program begins with defining character as adherence to a set of beliefs or values. It goes on to describe some of America's most closely held values that will lead to success in Chess and in life. As a result of our efforts, The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has recognized Character Chess at Cold Water School in the Hazelwood School District as a Promising Practice.