Dear Fellow League Members,
I just wanted to congratulate all of you who successfully nominated teachers for the August Harvard Civics workshop! Professor Moss and the Harvard Case Method Project team have been very complimentary about the caliber of teachers selected. I thought you would like to know that we have nearly 80 teachers attending from 21 different states nominated by 50 League chapters from every region of the country. We know that the teachers are going to enjoy the professional development experience immensely, and Harvard is looking forward to welcoming them all next month!
I have attached a press release about the project that I thought you might like to see. The National League will announce it in their bi-weekly League Update newsletter as well, so stay tuned for that.
KINDLY SEND ALONG YOUR PRESS LINKS: SAMPLE AND ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND TO HELP
We have had some terrific press links sent to us by Leagues who have teachers traveling to Harvard this summer. For any League chapter that has a teacher attending and has not yet sent me a link, I would be grateful if you could do that before the August 18 training starts. I have attached below a piece that captured the spirit of the project very well from our Beloit Wisconsin League:
The Harvard Case Method Project website link provides additional background information as you prepare your press materials too:
2020 CONVENTION: WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE HARVARD PROFESSOR DAVID MOSS MODERATE THE “SUFFRAGE TO ERA” CASE?
I have spoken to the National League about the success of this project, and they appear open to considering a break-out session during our 2020 Convention where Professor Moss could moderate a case with a group of 150-200 League members. This would allow you to experience the program first-hand and meet the person who pioneered it. His case on the history of women’s political rights in the US seems tailor-made for our centenary since it starts with the suffrage movement and works its way through to the ERA. Let me know if you would consider participating if we were able to make it happen. I believe that the breakout sessions are at the Convention Committee’s discretion, so I wanted to be sure we had enough interest before applying for it. The Convention dates are June 25-28, 2020.
YOU ARE NOW LEAGUE AMBASSADORS FOR THE HARVARD CIVICS PROJECT IN YOUR STATE
I wanted to let you know that some Leagues are already thinking about how they can further scale the use of the Case Method around their state for teaching civics, government and US history. Apart from the one-time, all-expenses-paid workshop this August, there is now a well-developed, online training module which can be made available to active high school teachers of these subjects at no cost. High school teachers can apply to Harvard directly with the registration link below, so I hope you will be sure to make your high schools aware of this:
Those of you with teachers training at Harvard this August can enlist them to help you spread the word to other school districts in your state. Each of you may want to consider presenting this project at your State League Convention when you feel the timing is right too. This is really just the beginning of the League/Harvard Civics Collaboration, and you are all part of how it develops and expands going forward.
Thank you to so many of you for the incredible work you have done to select such outstanding teachers and for bringing this civics program to your schools and communities!
Dr. Deirdre Shay Kamlani
Board and Program Committee Member
League of Women Voters of Greenwich