Making Democracy Work

The Harvard Case Method: Improving Civics Education

The Harvard Case Method Project

The LWV of Greenwich (CT) has piloted a successful civics education program in partnership with local high schools, using cases from Harvard Business School Professor David Moss's recent book, Democracy: A Case Study. Details about how the Greenwich League's initial presentation in November 2017 was structured are available here.

In 2017 and 2018, the program received excellent press coverage from local media. For more information click here.

Survey results from the pilot show significantly increased interest in voting, political engagement and constructive debate.

The Harvard Case Method Project website

Article in The Atlantic: A Better Way To Teach History

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

All-Expenses-Paid Teacher Training Opportunity

Collaborating with Leagues of Women Voters from across the country, The Harvard Case Method Project has agreed to make an all-expenses-paid, professional development workshop available to outstanding high school teachers of US History, Government and Civics nominated by their local League chapters.

The 2 1/2-day training will take place on the Harvard campus in August 2019. Dates for the workshop are August 18-20, 2019.

Teacher Identification, Nomination, and Selection

Leagues from around the country are invited to nominate outstanding high school teachers to attend this training. Wherever possible, Leagues are encouraged to involve other non-partisan civic groups in their communities for the teacher selection process. We are recommending an essay contest for teacher selection, since an essay will be required to register (see below), but individual Leagues have the option to design their own method of selection. Each League will be asked to describe their selection process when they submit the names of their nominated teachers.

The deadline for nomination is Friday, May 10.

Each individual League chapter can nominate 1-2 active high school teachers from their school district for the training workshop.

Qualified nominees will be outstanding and currently active teachers in US History, Government or Civics (grades 9-12).

Social Studies Curriculum Directors, "We the People" and "Model UN" coordinators and teachers, and a statewide organization of Social Studies teachers in each state may be able to recommend good candidates.

Selected teachers' ultimate participation is subject to final approval by the Case Method Project Team, whose representatives will ask to connect briefly with each teacher by phone.

Every effort will be made to accommodate all qualified teachers. Any teacher unable to make the August date will be offered a slot in another workshop.

Teacher(s) will be registered directly for the workshop and all expenses will be paid, including reasonable travel expenses.


All applicants are asked to write a short (750-1000 word) op-ed style essay answering the following question: "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?"

League leadership are asked to use these essays with local media to promote the initiative to improve civics education and the League's role in coordinating participation in the training and community discussion.

Post Training Requirements

Teacher participants agree to teach at least 4 of the cases from Professor David Moss's book, Democracy: A Case Study, in their classrooms after the training and to help moderate community case discussions with the League. Teachers will be asked to certify that they are willing and able to teach the cases in a non-partisan way.

Coordinating with local educators, the Greenwich League runs one community case discussion annually in November.

Contact Us For Further Information

For further information on this important teacher training opportunity, contact Deirdre Kamlani at