DACIS FAQ Sheet
What is the purpose of DACIS?
A: 1. To use the game of chess
as a tool to improve the scholastic performance and social skills of
Dallas area school children. Our primary focus is on academically
at-risk students attending Dallas Public Schools.
2. Secondarily, we share our
expertise with and cooperate with the larger community of volunteers
focused on using chess to help our youth.
How can I get a chess
instructor for my school?
A: DACIS provides instructors
for those schools who are accepted into our program, demonstrate a
faculty and parental commitment to building a successful chess
program, and are deemed as financially needy. Unfortunately the
demand for qualified chess instructors currently outstrips the
supply. Some schools also secure funds from sponsors and/or parents
to directly hire chess tutors.
How do we go about setting up a
chess club in our school?
A: Obtain a commitment of
support from the school principal. Assign a administrator to oversee
the program, and teachers or faculty members to run the program on a
day to day basis. Attend the annual DACIS sponsored training session
for program organizers. Obtained qualified chess instructors -- note
that their ability to work well with kids, and commit to a regular
teaching schedule, is more important than advanced chess skills.
Finally, schedule the chess classes to be conducted during the
normal school day curriculum, not after-school. An after-school
chess club is a excellent complement to your main program.
Can we have the chess
instruction before or after school?
A: See above - Your main
program should be conducted during the normal school day, so that
everyone (students, faculty & parents) understand that chess is
a serious instructional tool.
Can you provide us with free
chess boards and sets?
A: DACIS will accept requests
for free chess equipment from any Dallas Public School. Decisions
will be based on the schoolís demonstrated commitment to building
a chess program, how effectively previous grants of equipment have
been used and taken care of, and financial need of the school. DACIS
has limited funds for grants of equipment.
Does a teacher have to be in
the classroom during the instruction?
A: Yes. The school is ALWAYS
responsible for monitoring the behavior of the students and for
maintaining disciple in the classroom, or at other DACIS events.
Adequate faculty and parental supervision should always be present.
Why do other DISD schools have
DACIS instructors and we canít get one?
A: See answer #2. DACIS has
limited teaching resources and attempts to allocate instructors to
those schools that demonstrate the best combination of commitment
Why are only DISD schools
allowed in your tournaments? Isnít your organization called Dallas
"Area" Chess in the Schools?
A: Currently our limited
direct resources are focused on the Dallas Public Schools, because
that is where we see the greatest need. As described in answer #1,
however, we also cooperate with the larger community of those
focused on youth chess in the metroplex..