Application for Harvard Case Method Project Workshop - An Opportunity for Teachers

Application for Harvard Case Method Project Workshop - An Opportunity for Teachers

Applications for Harvard Case Method Project Workshop - An Opportunity for Teachers will be accepted until April 1, 2020.

The 2 1/2-day professional development workshop will take place from August 16-18, 2020.  Once you're in Cambridge, all expenses are paid.  This includes the program, materials, hotel accommodation and meals.

LWVUR can nominate 1-2 teachers for the workshop. We are looking for accomplished teachers of US history, government or civics (grades 9-12). We can only consider active high school teachers in these subject areas.

Applicants should submit a short (750-1000 word) op-ed style essay to LWVUR.  This essay will also be part of the teacher's registration for the Harvard workshop.

  • The essay question is:  Why do you want to join this initiative, and why do you think public discussions about key moments in the history of American democracy are valuable?
  • Questions? contact: leagueuticarome [at]
  • Submit essays to:  LWVUR, PO Box 24, Washington Mills, NY 13479  
  • Application Deadline is April 1, 2020

Telephone Interview with Teachers:  Selected teachers’ ultimate attendance at the workshop is subject to final approval by the Case Method Project team, whose representatives will ask to connect with each teacher briefly by phone. Please note that this is not an attempt to narrow the group of candidates for attendance, but as a final check to ensure that teachers meet the requirements set out above.

Post-Program Requirements:  Teachers will agree to teach at least 4 of the "democracy" cases in their classrooms after the workshop, and help moderate at least one community case discussion with their League. The teacher will also be asked to certify that he or she is willing and able to teach the cases in a non-partisan way.

Access the Harvard Case Method Project website to learn more about the program.


What's it all about?

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.