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.

Selection Process

Fifty League chapters in twenty one states nominated nearly eighty teachers for the August Civics Workshop at Harvard. The workshop is closed to new applicants. Teachers interested in accessing the online professional development program should contact the Harvard Case Method Project here.

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