Starting an eSports Program at Your District (South Cook)

Millions of people have tuned in to eSports tournaments in recent years, with the industry on pace to have higher viewership than traditional sports leagues and colleges offering full-ride scholarships to eSports athletes. How can you ride this wave and expand your district’s sports program to include digital offerings?

This workshop will introduce you to the world of eSports and give you the solid foundation needed to start a stable program at your school or district. You’ll learn why eSports is beneficial to K-12 students, how to get your club or team started, and how a coach can be successful (even without heavy gaming experience). We’ll also provide live demonstrations of some of today’s most popular eSports games as well as connect you with schools that already have flourishing eSports programs in place.

As time permits, we’ll also spend time exploring Minecraft EDU, which is flexible enough to use as an eSports program, an after school club, or integrated into curricular lessons.

How to Start an Esports Program at your School

You’ve heard about it in the news. Your students have been begging for it. Now it’s time to finally pick up the controller and hit “start” on your district’s esports program. But what are you supposed to do if you’re starting at Level 1?

Join the LTC’s Holly Kelly and Eric Santos for a primer on kickstarting an esports program in your district. This 1-hour session will focus in on the background knowledge needed to start a successful esports program, including: current trends in esports, hardware/software needs and recommendations, game and league options, coaching tips, potential costs, and more! This session will cover information relevant to elementary, middle, and high school program, too, so all teachers and administrators curious about esports in education are encouraged to attend.

After this webinar you will be able to:
* Explain the value of esports to all stakeholders in your district and build a case for starting a program;
* Determine the best platform, game(s), format, and partners for your esports program;
* Develop plans to successfully launch and manage an esports initiative

Illinois educators who attend live can earn 1.0 PD credit.