League to Hold Harvard Case Method Civics Project Community Discussion.

Democracy & Women's Rights in America: The Fight Over the ERA.
(Bergen County, New Jersey; March 29, 2022) -- The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley (LWVNV) invites the public to attend the interactive discussion Democracy & Women's Rights in America:

The Fight Over the ERA, using a case from the Harvard Case Method Civics Project.  The community discussion takes place on Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.  The co-sponsors of the discussion are the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, Leonia Public Schools Social Studies Department, and Fort Lee Public Schools Social Studies Department.

            Leonia High School history teachers Lucille Finnegan and Kathryne Macaluso and Fort Lee High School History teacher Seara Moon will engage the audience in a thought-provoking discussion about a historical case of current importance.  The history teachers use the case-based teaching method to deepen students' understanding of civics and history.  Participants will consider the struggle for women’s rights over the course of U.S. history, evaluate the arguments for and against the Equal Rights Amendment, and discuss how they developed over time.

Hybrid Event

            The event will be presented as a hybrid, both in person and virtually. The in person format will be held at Leonia High School Auditorium, located at 100 Christie Heights Street in Leonia, New Jersey.  Parking is available on the premises.


            Register in advance to attend the event and receive the reading materials at https://bit.ly/3ISkvbp.  A confirmation email will be sent with the ERA Case Study, written by Dr. David Moss, to read, including suggested questions for discussion.

            The League of Women Voters supports using Harvard Business School's renowned case method customized as a teaching tool to engage students to learn history and democracy in a dynamic, interesting way.  Each year, Harvard Business School Professor David Moss presents a workshop, Improving Civics Education with the Harvard Case Method, which draws civics and social studies teachers throughout the country.  The Harvard Civics Project initiative brings case method teaching to high schools and uses this methodology to deepen students' understanding of American democracy.  The curriculum draws upon information on topics ranging from the Constitutional Convention to Civil Rights.

            Leagues across the country nominate outstanding high school teachers from public, private, and charter schools in grades 9-12 teaching U.S. history, government, or civics to participate in the case method workshop.  Teachers accepted to participate in the project agree to teach four cases in their classes during the academic year and moderate one community case discussion with their League.

            For further information about the event or the LWVNV, contact lwvno.valley@gmail.com.  Learn more about the League on the organization’s website at bit.ly/LWVNVinformation and its blog, https://lwv-of-northernvalley.constantcontactsites.com/.

About League of Women Voters of Northern Valley

            The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, a chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV), is a non-partisan, grassroots civic organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The LWV was an outgrowth of the 19th Amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.  Today, the LWV operates at the state and local levels through more than 700 state and local Leagues in all 50 states and in Washington D.C., the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.

            The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley was founded in 1946 as the League of Women Voters of Closter.  By 1964, it included 11 municipalities in the Northern Valley and was renamed the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley.  Today, the chapter serves 29 municipalities.

            The organization develops grassroots leadership and achieves widespread credibility because it is strictly nonpartisan.  Throughout the year, a range of voters services and programs are provided, including candidates’ forums, registration drives, dissemination of nonpartisan information about candidates and issues, and public meetings to discuss current issues.

            For information, visit the chapter's website at bit.ly/LWVNVinformation and its blog at https://lwv-of-northern-valley.constantcontactsites.com/.  For opportunities to get involved or join the organization, contact lwvno.valley@gmail.com.  Follow the LWVNV on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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