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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.

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

The first community discussion was moderated by Professor David Moss at Greenwich High School in November 2017. Participants examined the question of how much power the federal government should have over states, a key debate at the Constitutional Convention of 1787.  Survey results from this pilot show significantly increased interest in voting, political engagement, and constructive debate. 

Survey Results

Local Press Coverage

In November 2018, 100 Greenwich residents of diverse ages and political viewpoints participated in a community discussion about Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Black Voting Rights (1965).  Greenwich High School teachers Jessica Keller, Karen Boyea, and Steve Swidler moderated. 

Survey Results

Local Press Coverage

In 2019, a similarly large and diverse group tackled the issues covered in A Nation Divided: The United States and the Challenge of Secession (1861).  Greenwich High School teachers Aaron Hull (left) and Mike Galatioto moderated.

Local Press Coverage

Survey Results

In 2020, the Greenwich League ran a national community case discussion via Zoom with Leagues from 26 states participating.   Special guests included Dr. Deborah Turner, President of the US League and HBS Professor David Moss.
The event’s 200 participants discussed the long struggle for women’s rights, from suffrage to the ERA.  Greenwich High School teachers Karen Boyea, Ryan Jones and Michael Galatioto moderated.

Survey Results

Local Press Coverage



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.



League chapters can nominate outstanding, active high school teachers (grades 9-12) of US history, government or civics to attend a live, virtual case method workshop on Saturday, April 3rd.  The workshop will be taught by Harvard Business School Professor David Moss.  Leagues can nominate teachers by sending their names and school names to Deirdre Kamlani no later than Sunday, March 7th at 5 pm (Eastern time).  (The limit of two nominated teachers per League chapter has been waived for this workshop only. )

Teachers from public, private and charter schools are welcome. Once nominated, teachers will complete a short registration link and the Case Method Institute team will schedule a telephone interview with them.

Teachers accepted for the workshop will agree to teach at least one case in their classes this school year and moderate one community case discussion with their League by the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

Click here for more information.


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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.

For further information on this program, contact Deirdre Kamlani