Take Action Around 'Brooklyn Castle'
- Sponsor a school chess team in your district. If your district does not have a team, engage stakeholders in a conversation about starting an afterschool and/or community-based program.
- Volunteer to coach an afterschool chess club at your local school. If you don't play chess, then offer your other talents or passions to an afterschool program in dance, art, music or science.
- Plan a community fundraiser, like the I.S. 318 walk-a-thon, to help support your school's afterschool programs.
- To place chess on par with other forms of competition (e.g., athletics), find ways to celebrate publicly the accomplishments of young chess players in your community.
- Create a local advertising campaign to attract kids to chess. Play with ways to communicate that playing chess is "cool" rather than "geeky."
- Get involved with efforts to pass school budgets that include funds for so-called "extracurricular," "enrichment" or "afterschool" activities like chess.
- Explore DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help student in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests to the site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.
Get informed about the issues in the film and lead a discussion in your community.
This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use Brooklyn Castle to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively.
Students will be introduced to the definition of “school culture” and use it to examine the school culture at I.S. 318, the middle school featured in the film Brooklyn Castle.
This list of fiction and nonfiction books, compiled by Erica Bess, Susan Conlon and Hanna Lee of Princeton Public Library, provides a range of perspectives on the issues raised by the POV documentary Brooklyn Castle.