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League of Women Voters sends Lafayette teacher to Harvard workshop

Stevie Lemons The League of Women Voters of Lexington nominated Stevie Lemons, a U.S. history teacher at Lafayette High School, to participate in a Harvard University workshop on using case study methods to teach civics. The 2½-day session covered such topics as the writing of the Constitution, the division over slavery, and the concepts of justice and liberty.

“It was incredible to be surrounded by amazing educators from all over the country and people who are just as passionate about civic engagement as I am,” Lemons said after the late-August trip. “The experience taught me the necessary skills for bringing civic discussion and discourse into my high school classroom, and I am excited to see the growth of my students.” 

The workshop leader was Professor David Moss of Harvard Business School, who pioneered the Harvard Case Study Method to teach U.S. history, democracy, and civics. After a successful pilot last summer, the national League of Women Voters invited league chapters to nominate outstanding teachers from their local districts to participate in the 2019 workshop. The LWV of Lexington selected Lemons based on an essay about her passion for civic engagement, followed by a phone interview. Lemons also interviewed with the Harvard Case Method Project Team.

The workshop participants agreed to teach at least four cases from Moss’s book, “Democracy: A Case Study,” in their classrooms and to help moderate a community discussion with LWV next spring or summer. “I am very excited to see how that impacts our community and fellow educators in the district,” Lemons said.