H.W. Longfellow Elementary School

Milwaukee, WI

Grades K-5, Social Studies
Partner(s): Tiffanie M. Durrant, Diane Johnson, Jose A. Santiago, Karen Steele
Innovation Grant
2006, Summer

About this Grantee

Through the “Building Bridges Project,” Ms. McKnight and her partners use chess to encourage their at-risk students to develop the self-respect and critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to bridge the gap to academic, social, and personal success. Family members and school staff join students to learn the basic rules, strategies, and habits of mind necessary to play chess. Students design a living chess set and participate in school chess tournaments. To expand learning opportunities, teachers develop methods to integrate chess into the curriculum.

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