Engaging students in Civics & US History


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.

The LWV of Portland produced this video 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 video.

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. 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.” 

To apply for the free training, which is offered online during the pandemic, teachers should visit www.cmi.org and then click on “Contact Us.”