Event cancelled due to health emergency
League of Women Voters and Harvard University partner to train local history teachers
COMMUNITY LEADERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE INVITED
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF KLAMATH COUNTY and Klamath Community College is sponsoring a PUBLIC SEMINAR based on HARVARD UNIVERSITY’S CASE STUDY METHODOLOGY
COME AND LEARN FROM SPECIALLY TRAINED TEACHERS
TOPIC OF STUDY:
PRESIDENT MADISON, THE ‘FEDERAL NEGATIVE’ AND THE MAKING OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
HOSTED BY :
Klamath Union: Jonathan Chenjeri
Mazama High School: Kelly Patzke, Laura Estes
Lost River High School: Kjirsten Spark-Stahl
Paisley High School: Courtney Wertz
SATURDAY MAY 16, 2020, 2:00- 4:00 PM Klamath Community College, KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON
FREE OF CHARGE
MAXIMUM ATTENDANCE: 100
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2020*
*Note all participants must provide a valid email address to receive study materials one month before the seminar. Participants are expected to read the materials provided and be prepared to engage with fellow attendees under the direction of the teacher leaders, using Harvard’s case study method.
background and press release
In August of 2019, the League of Women Voters of Oregon sent 13 Oregon high school history and government teachers to a three-day training course at Harvard University as part of a nation-wide curriculum development program. 5 of the Oregon teachers came from the Klamath Basin region: one from Klamath Union HS, two from Mazama HS, one from Lost River HS, and one from Paisley HS. These five teachers are currently using their new materials based on historical case studies in their classes and find it challenging and invigorating for their students. In May, 2020 these five teachers will offer a public forum using their new teaching methods so the community can experience the lessons of President Madison’ tenure as they apply to our country today.
Harvard University’s Business School developed their case method project to bring this professional development opportunity to high school teachers across the U.S. Their aim is 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, they believe this method can be employed to strengthen high school education, ensuring a more exciting, relevant, and effective experience for students and teachers, especially for students in history and democracy classes. Harvard University believes it presents a unique opportunity to help reverse the broad decline in civic education – and civic engagement – in the United States. Each case study explores a key decision point in the history of American democracy.
This year for the first time, Oregon participated by sending 13 teachers from across the state. Now the public in the Klamath Basin will be able to benefit from the teachers’ new skills by sitting in a two-hour actual study session, where they prepare by reading the study materials and then sit with others to discuss it under the teachers’ direction, much like their students did in their classes this year. This will be a one-time unique opportunity for community education directly from Harvard University, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Klamath County and Klamath Community College.