|Chicago Academic Games League|
An in depth look from the Summer 2004 Conference Reporter: Kids and Games: CAGL's Natural Combination
CAGL uses an approach and set of dimensions to learning and person-building that are often missing from today's schools or homes and needs to be a nation-wide model, not be a backwater or allowed to die. Editor GMO
From the Spring 2005 Conference Reporter. By Judy Dupont:
The Chicago Academic Games League (CAGL), a long time affiliate of the HP-KCC, is currently suffering from attrition due in large part to the "No Child Left Behind" initiative. Teachers, principals, and students feel the pressure of trying to raise their test scores in order to prevent their schools being closed.
CAGL is a teacher/parent collaboration, a program merging substantive math with athletic models of teams, games, and tournaments. Each year, from October through April, students and teachers from Chicago public schools around the city meet once each month for a Saturday tournament. Schools are self selecting; teachers and parents are volunteers; students participate of their own volition--not for grades or credit. The program is geared to grades 5-8 and the core of the games is pre-algebra.
[HPKCC] Board members [del. names] are working on a plan to expand the number of schools participating in the competition. It is hoped that the math coaches in the areas where schools are currently participating, as well as those for Hyde Park Schools, can be identified. Other school associates with enthusiasm or influence are also to be identified. The plan is to invite some of these people to the Invitational year-end gala on May 21st at Black Magnet School at 71st and Cole. The currently active players will play a tournament, be awarded trophies and certificates, and receive the traditional "CAGL" tee-shirt. Math coaches and other interested people will be asked to attend in hopes of enticing more schools to be members in 2005-06.
The upgrade includes special conferences to teach the game to coaches and to give a general orientation to CAGL.
If you want to help in this challenge, please call the Conference at (773) 288-8343.
CAGL had 4 schools in 2006-07, directed by two U of C students. May tournament is at Benedictine University.
games are played at the University of Chicago Lab Schools,
Street between Kimbark and Kenwood
(yes, the star's a bit wrong; entry at Blaine Hall, 1362 E. 59th St.)
Curbside parking, westbound street. Walk through the courtyard into the
Cafeteria (security guard will direct you).
There is a membership fee per school. It covers the costs of maintaining the materials and the entitlement to a monthly newsletter, TEAMWORKS. For expenses (bus transportation, for example) we are self-supporting. CAGL is the only community based program of this type in the country.
school may bring as many students as the sponsor designates. We
encourage teachers to include youngsters of all levels of math ability.
The content of the games fills needs at both upper and lower ranges of
The Director for the program was James L. Wilson, Jr., a math faculty member in the Chicago City College system. Co Director was Contessa Griffin, teacher at Mason Elementary. Founder and Volunteer administrator was Rita Yacker. Now managed by education interns of the University of Chicago and a project of the University of Chicago University Community Service Center, contacts at top of page.
inacc. Lab School loc.
Allen, a law professor at Yale, created games that teach law students
think purposefully and logically in their written and oral arguments.
These games enabled student to ply together and teach each other, all
the while taking responsibility for their own conclusions and processes
by keeping score.
believe strongly in positive reinforcement,
in the need for children to identify with their schools and an activity
in their schools in a positive way and, further, to believe in their own
potential for success. There is also a strong base for peer teaching,
for cooperative learning and for responsibility to a team. Some of our
tools have been T-shirts, certificates, and newsletters.
contact the UCSC. EQUATIONS and BOGGLE cost $ per game
individually (each game is played by 3 children simultaneously). A classroom
set is 10 games serving 30 students. Membership
in CAGL (and purchase of the minimum 10 games, for a class,
entitles the school to 25% discount on each sets of 10 or more.
We welcome your interest and look forward to greeting you and your team
members. The above may have changed and is subject to change.
An affiliate programmatic committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference and now also of the University of Chicago Community Service Center and funded by the Women's Board of the University of Chicago.
The Community Service Center, with a committed budget for 2007-2008, seeks to expand CAGL to as many as 12 school. Wallace E. Goode is supervising. Ms. Rodriguez is directing; her staff is directly in the schools. This year's tournament will be at the Lab School.