ALABAMA CHESS FEDERATION INC

Montgomery, AL   |  www.alabamachess.org

Mission

Our mission is to promote the benefits of chess in Alabama. We do this by - publishing news of interest to the chess community - promoting chess tournaments of our affiliate network - organizing state chess championship events - supporting scholastic chess both in the classroom and in after-school programs - providing financial assistance to scholastic state champions to allow them to represent Alabama at national invitational tournaments.

Ruling year info

2012

President

Jonathan Rasberry

Main address

6319 Eastwood Glen Place

Montgomery, AL 36117-4710 USA

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EIN

26-0513109

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (Y03)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Public school students frequently are lacking in critical thinking skills need to succeed in the 21st century. Teachers struggle to engage students in classroom learning. Most chess programs are focused on competition and benefit a relatively small number of students. The training offered is not integrated with the goals and school curricula. Teachers are often passive participants. Consequently much of the opportunity for what learning theorists call far transference (i.e., the ability to abstract chess skills and transfer them to another domain is) wasted.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

State Chess Championships

As an affiliate of the US Chess Federation, ACF organizes various state championship tournaments.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Alabama Chess Federation has dual missions.

Our traditional aim as a state affiliate of the United States Chess Federation is promote chess in Alabama through various programs including sponsorship of state championship tournaments, encouraging after-school chess programs, and developing a sense of community for the state's chess players.

Our more recent and most significant goal is to be a national leader in the design and implementation of chess in education programs.

Our strategies include:

1) Using chess for education - not education for chess. Our approach is teacher-driven and education-focused.

2) Assisting interested school districts in achieving a self-sustainable chess in education program within three years.

3) Paying attention to chess in school initiatives in other states and countries. We use a National Chess Education consultant, have contacts in other countries, and attend international chess in school conferences to bring the best methods and techniques to bear.

4) Employing administrative, management, and training methods that are scalable and sustainable.

5) Being sensitive to the challenges and pressures that teachers face. Adapt programs to align with the educational goals and programs in place.

The core leadership team's capabilities include :
1) an internationally recognized chess education consultant with deep expertise in chess training and secondary education. He has worked with the US Chess Federation if multiple capacities and made numerous presentations at international chess in school conferences.
2) the original project facilitator for the Alabama State Department of Education. Upon retiring she joined ACF to continue to play a leading role as operations manager and education consultant. She brings deep expertise in education theory as years of experience managing statewide education programs and training of teachers.
3) The Alabama Chess Federation President has a broad range of expertise in business consulting and project management, and program managemen. He has extensive contacts within the chess community and enjoys the unanimous support of the ACF Board for its flagship Alabama Chess in Schools (ACIS) program.

Beyond the core leadership team is a network we can draw upon that includes teachers who have been through the program, supportive state legislators and staff, chess coaches, and tournament organizers who are enthusiastically supportive.

1) During the first three years of the Alabama Chess in Schools program , it grew in line with our plan, demonstrating scalability. In fiscal year 2019, the ACIS program had over 100 trained teachers in 36 schools in 11 school districts serving approximately 2,700 students.

In four years of operation we have earned the confidence of our education clients and stakeholders we service as evidenced in testimonials and surveys.

ACIS's impact on student performance, as well as teacher and student assessments, are rigorously documented by researchers from Tennessee Technology University and the University of Alabama in the following report issued in January 2019:

Teaching with Chess: Exploring the Relationship between Chess and Student Learning Outcomes: ACIS Years 1-3 Report 1. Copies of the report may be obtained by signing up for our newsletter Friends of Chess in Schools at chessinschool.us.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ALABAMA CHESS FEDERATION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jonathan Rasberry

Alabama Chess Federation

Term: 2019 - 2021

Jonathan Rasberry

Alabama Chess Federation

Neil Dietsch

Alabama Chess Federation

Alex Del Rio

Alabama Chess Federation

Bill Melvin

Alabama Chess Federation

Michael Porcelli

Alabama Chess Federation

Todd Guthrie

Alabama Chess Federation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No