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Crossroads chess program teaches life lessons

Planning ahead and imagining consequences of certain moves are vital to the game of chess, and may also hold a key to the future success of students enrolled in alternative education programs.


Crossroads Principal Steve Strouble and seventh grader Josh Willis face off.

Crossroads Learning Center Principal Steve Strouble will bring a blueprint of his school's successful chess program to the Annual Alternative School Conference Feb. 23-25 in Augusta.

"We teach the kids here to play chess and they get a great deal from it. It teaches them to think before they take certain actions. It slows them down," he said.

Seventh grader Josh Willis, who finishes his school work to earn chances to play chess during the day, enjoys the challenge of trying to out-think his opponent.

"I'm pretty sharp," said Josh as he studied the board during a game against Mr. Strouble, his principal.

"Chess lets students consider what they are getting ready to do, and we get them to carry that over in their everyday actions," Mr. Strouble said.

As president of the Georgia Association for Alternative Education, Mr. Strouble hopes to encourage the 128 alternative schools across the state to offer chess as tool to help students move ahead.


Josh ponders his next move in his match against Mr. Strouble.

"One of my big pushes for the coming year is to develop a statewide activity that alternative education kids can participate in. Right now we are focusing in on chess," Mr. Strouble said.

He hopes at this time next year the annual conference will include the finals for a state wide chess tournament, and with that goal in mind a chess master is one featured speaker during the three day conference.

Other speakers include officials from the state department of education and teachers who have unique programs to showcase.

The spotlight of this year's conference is on how alternative education programs fit into the federal No Child Left Behind Act which raises expectations for student achievement.

"We are focusing in on the role we play in making sure schools and school systems are able to meet AYP (adequate yearly progress)," Mr. Strouble said. AYP is a cornerstone of the NCLB Act.

"We do a great deal making sure kids who are no longer in the regular school for one reason or another are able to continue their education."


Mr. Strouble moves a piece.

As part of that education, students across the state need both academic instruction as well as guidance on developing social skills such as the mentoring program currently in place at Crossroads provides.

"Kids that come to us are generally bright young people. Circumstances have caused them to not to make good decisions so if we can address decision making and planning ahead, most will be ok in the long run," Mr. Strouble said.

Web posted on Thursday, February 17, 2005


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