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"History teaches contingency; it demonstrates that the world
has been different and could and will be different again."


- Drew Faust
Former President of Harvard University



Harvard Case Method


The Harvard Civics Project is an initiative formed (1) to bring case method teaching to high schools, and (2) to use this methodology to deepen students' understanding of American democracy.

Based on the highly successful experience of Harvard Business School and other graduate and professional programs that use case-based teaching, the case method can be employed to strengthen high school education as well, ensuring a more exciting, relevant, and effective experience for students and teachers across a range of subjects. The case method can be especially effective at engaging students with topics in history and democracy, and it presents a unique opportunity to help reverse the broad decline in civic education and civic engagement in the United States. The national media have also pointed to the advantages of this method for engaging students. A Better Way To Teach History.

Project cases are based on those outlined in Harvard Business School Professor David Moss's recent book, Democracy: A Case Study.

Click here to watch Professor David A. Moss discuss his book, Democracy: A Case Study.

Click Here for access to the Harvard Case Method Project website.

As part of its mission to expand civic awareness and participation of young voters, the Greenwich League initiated this program in partnership with local high schools. A description of the Greenwich program is available here.

Teachers were trained and the pilot community discussion -- James Madison, the "Federal Negative", and The Making of the U.S. Constitution (1787) -- occurred in November 2017.









David Moss at Greenwich High School, November 2017.







Survey results from the pilot show significantly increased interest in voting, political engagement and constructive debate. For a full report on that presentation, click here. Local newspapers covered the event. Click Here...and here.



From left to right, Greenwich High School teachers Jessica Keller, Karen Boyea, and Steve Swidler led a community discussion on Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Black Voting Rights (1965).
















In November 2018, 100 Greenwich residents of diverse ages and political viewpoints participated in a community discussion about this case. For more information click here.












In 2019, a similarly large and diverse group tackled the issues covered in A Nation Divided: The United States and the Challenge of Succession (1861). Greenwich High School teachers Aaron Hull (pictured) and Michael Galatioto led this discussion.






For the most recent full report on the Harvard Civics Project in Greenwich, click here.




GUIDELINES FOR RUNNING A COMMUNITY CASE DISCUSSION


In the past year, the Greenwich League has encouraged other Leagues across the country to organize community discussions, which are part of the Harvard Civics Project.

HERE'S HOW TO ORGANIZE A COMMUNITY DISCUSSION


2020 HARVARD CIVICS WORKSHOP: HOW TO RECRUIT TEACHERS


League chapters can nominate outstanding, active high school teachers (grades 9-12) of US history, government or civics to attend a case method workshop by sending their name (and school name) to Deirdre Kamlani  here.
(The essay contest requirement has been suspended in light of the public health emergency.) Dr. Kamlani will then forward the nominating League a registration link for their teacher to complete.

Teachers from public, private and charter schools are welcome. Once nominated, the Case Method Institute team will schedule a telephone interview with the teacher.

Teachers accepted for the workshop will agree to teach 4 cases in their classes over the course of the academic year and moderate one community case discussion with their League.


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Radnor, PA. Bill Thames (l) of Lower Merion discusses the Case Method Project developed by Harvard Business School with Radnor High School teacher Ed Ruby who guided a discussion on Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement at the Radnor Memorial Library. Teens to seniors engaged in an insightful decision-making process based on historical facts and model civil discourse.

CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information on this program, contact Deirdre Kamlani at league.rsvp@gmail.com