League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County
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Two Local High School History Teachers Selected to Attend Expense-Paid Training Course at the Harvard Business School

Two local high school teachers recommended by League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County have been selected to attend an expense-paid teacher training session, “Teaching Civics by the Harvard Case Method," sponsored by the Harvard Business School.

By - Jun 14th, 2019 04:37 pm

Leagues from around the country were invited to nominate outstanding high school teachers to attend the August training. Mike Ellery of Nathan Hale High School and Aaron Callender of South Milwaukee High School, nominated by the Milwaukee County League of Women Voters, were chosen to represent the Milwaukee area.

The League is involved with area schools through its High School Voter Education and Registration Project, begun in 2015 as a partnership with the Milwaukee Public Schools and the City of Milwaukee Election Commission. The program complements the school’s civic education and promotes voter registration of all eligible students before they leave high school.

Replicating his popular class at Harvard Business School and Harvard College, the Harvard training will be based on Professor David A. Moss’ recent book, Democracy: A Case Study. The book applies the Harvard Case Method of teaching to 22 pivotal episodes in American political history, from the drafting of the Constitution to the recent Citizens United Supreme Court case. Each of the 22 cases explores a key decision point in the history of American democracy.

Dr. Moss has adapted these cases for the high school audience to give students opportunities to put themselves in the shoes of delegates to the Constitutional Convention and debate a question that is still enormously relevant to our politics today: how far should the powers of the federal government extend?

“The League of Women Voters knows the value of good civics education,” said Peggy Creer, President of the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County. “The Harvard Case Method stimulates thoughtful discussion about the role of government in our lives and helps students understand the importance of voting and of engaging with their elected representatives.”

More information about the Harvard Case Method can be found at:

https://www.hbs.edu/case-method-project/Pages/default.aspx

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/02/all-hail-partisan-politics/

More information about the League’s High School Program can be found at:

https://www.lwvmilwaukee.org/high-school-voters

The League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy, but does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties. The national League of Women Voters was formed in 1920 after the ratification of the 19th Amendment ensuring women the right to vote. Its mission was to educate women on voting matters and to encourage them to exercise their newly won franchise. While the League of Women Voters retains its name to honor its founders, today’s League includes men as members and its mission is to make democracy work for all.

For more information, visit: www.lwvmilwaukee.org

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