School Community Engagement — An Esports primer

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Location: Room 275-6
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Chris Aviles  
Kyle Calderwood  

Esports is exploding in popularity. Schools across the world are starting to integrate esports into their regular after-school sports/clubs. Hear from two different perspectives and join Chris Aviles and Kyle Calderwood to hear how they have launched and cultivated a successful program in their districts.

Audience: Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: PC
Topic: Games for learning & gamification
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Computer science, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
Digital Citizen
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will be given an inside look at what it takes to launch an esports program and also hear first-hand what challenges were overcome to foster a successful esports program. Presenters will be sharing differing perspectives on their respective esports program. From one just launching (Kyle) and another that has years of experience as well as one of the founding members of the Garden State Esports League (Chris).


Starting an esports program - Kyle
Competitions and what they look like - Chris
How to foster community involvement - Kyle/Chris
Q&A - 10 minutes
Esports demo - Throughout presentation (back of the room)

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Chris Aviles, Keyport High School

Chris Aviles is a STEM teacher at Monmouth Beach middle school in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey where he runs the renowned MB Makes program and Dolphins esports team. He is also the founder of Garden State Esports, New Jersey's non-profit scholastic esports organization for students, run by teachers. 

Kyle Calderwood, Tabernacle Twp School District

I am a Technology Coordinator and Edtech Trainer at Tabernacle Twp School District in New Jersey. I am also a TeachmeetNJ organizer, MIE/Minecraft Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert & Minecraft Mentor.

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