Bridge Coach Development Program for School Teachers

Would you like to learn a life-long recreational skill that would qualify you to become a paid coach for your school bridge team? The Office of Partnerships, Professional Development, and Technology of Western Illinois University and the Youth Bridge Education Organization have established a program to help you accomplish that.

Here’s your chance to learn to play the card game bridge and earn 20 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) or two semester hours of graduate elective credits by taking the Western Illinois University STAR-Online Bridge course. Once you complete the requirements listed below, you will be qualified to be your school bridge team coach.

  1. Use the information on this flyer to register with Western Illinois University.
  2. Take a “Bridge In A Day” seminar or go to a bridge club that is sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League to observe how the game is played. The website www.acbl.org has a “find a club” section alphabetized by state and city.
  3. Complete the Western Illinois University STAR-Online Bridge course. You can do this as quickly or slowly as you wish.
  4. Enroll in the second STAR-Online Bridge course that will take you through a set of 45 bridge lesson plans that you may use to teach bridge to your students. The lessons are keyed to the Standards and Expectations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. They are for use is the classroom, or as an afterschool bridge club that reinforces the math curriculum in your school.
  5. Register your bridge class with the Education Department of the American Contract Bridge League and receive a stipend of $350.00 upon completion of at least 16 hours of lessons by 8 or more students. ACBL will also provide you with instructional materials, T-Shirts and trophies for your beginner class.
  6. Form your school bridge team with four or more students who have completed the set of beginner lessons. Submit a grant application to the Youth Bridge Education Organization, NFP, Inc. to requests funding for your time coaching the bridge team and travel expenses to interscholastic bridge tournaments.

Contact information:
Christopher Shaw, Ph.D.
Youth Bridge Education Organization