Engaging students in Civics & US History

LEARN ABOUT TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL CIVICS WITH THE CASE METHOD

Free Online Training Available, 2022

The Case Method Institute for Education and Democracy offers its free training workshops to teachers of U.S. History, U.S. Government and Civics in public, private and charter high schools. Teachers who complete the training have free access to all the Institute’s other U.S. history cases. Currently there are 22 cases. The Case Method Institute also provides free support and supplemental materials to trained teachers who use the method in their classes. After he attended a CMI workshop, Philip Clarke said, “The program was wonderful, in depth and one of the most exciting learning experiences I have been a part of on either side in a very long time.” 

Upcoming Workshop Summer 2022

Harvard Business School Professor David Moss will be teaching a free professional development case method workshop on Saturday, August 20, 2022.  Professor Moss will conduct the workshop via Zoom, removing time, travel and cost barriers for participants. An 8-hour, asynchronous training program, completed before the Zoom-based session with Professor Moss, will familiarize teachers with the case method. Interested teachers should apply before the end of July.

To apply for the free training,  teachers should visit www.cmi.org and then click on “Contact Us.”

Learn more about the method below

In October 2021, the LWV of Portland presented an interactive demonstration of the case method of teaching high school civics.  At this event, audience members participated in a Community Case Discussion with a trained teacher, Philip Clarke.  Philip teaches U.S. History at Centennial High School in Gresham OR. When he uses this method, he finds that his students become engaged and excited.

We created a seven-minute video from interviews with Philip and audience members after the Case Method demonstration.

Watch the video by clicking on the arrow below:

This video explains how the case method works. In it, Philip Clarke discusses the benefits of using this method. Teachers and students who attended the demonstration also comment on the experience.  The video concludes by explaining how teachers can apply for totally free training and support.

You may also listen to the podcast of this program by clicking here.


The LWV of Portland produced the video and podcast about the case methodMetroEast logo in partnership with MetroEast Community Media. The event itself was not recorded.

The Herbert A.Templeton Foundation provided the funding for the demonstration, as well as for the recordings.


Free Training Available

The Case Method Institute for Education and Democracy offers its free training workshops to teachers of U.S. History, U.S. Government and Civics in public, private and charter high schools. Teachers who complete the training have free access to all the Institute’s other U.S. history cases. Currently there are 22 cases. The Case Method Institute also provides free support and supplemental materials to trained teachers who use the method in their classes.

To apply, visit www.cmi.org.