|Chicago Academic Games League|
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The Chicago Academic Games League [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 through 8, and the core of the games is pre-algebra.
CAGL is an affiliate of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. Administrator: Rita Yacker, 773 363-0328, Director: James Wilson, Jr. See feature from the Summer, 2004 Reporter.
An in depth look from the Summer 2004 Conference Reporter: Kids and Games: CAGL's Natural Combination
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).
membership fee per school is $50.00,
at the first tournament of each year. 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.
the only community based program of this type in the country.
The Director for the program is James L. Wilson, Jr., a math faculty member in the Chicago City College system. Co Director is Contessa Griffin, teacher at Mason Elementary. Volunteer administrator is Rita Yacker.
inacc. Lab School loc.
Students participate as a member of a school team, not as individuals. A teacher is the designated sponsor and commits to attending the Saturday tournaments and holding practice sessions at the schools between tournaments. The various management tasks (judging, organizing materials, scheduling, etc.) are shared among the parents and sponsors. We are assisted, in addition, by High School Aides. The Aides are alumni of the program and work with us on Saturdays to earn a scholarship to the INVITATIONAL weekend tournament in May. Sponsors are their mentors and role models. Parents and teacher-colleagues act as chaperones for the trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
believe strongly in positive reinforcement,
in the need for children to identify with their schools and an activity
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 responsibilities to a team. Some of our tools are T-shirts,
certificates, and newsletters.
call Mrs. Yacker at (773) 363-0328. EQUATIONS and BOGGLE cost
$30 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
An affiliate programmatic committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference