August 2, 2019
Aug. 2, 2019—Two CFISD government teachers, Tiffany Cross and Roxana Caulder, were recently accepted into the Harvard Case Study Method Project taking place Aug. 18-20 at Harvard University.
Cross, a teacher at Cypress Woods High School, and Caulder, a teacher at Langham Creek High School, submitted essays to be considered for the program. The League of Women Voters of Cy-Fair sponsored Cross and Caulder for the all-expenses-paid training opportunity. Cross and Caulder are the only two teachers from Texas selected for the project.
Cross and Caulder will join teachers from across the country to study the approach of Harvard Business School professor David Moss and his book Democracy: A Case Study. The project trains teachers in the use of case-based methodology to increase student engagement in the classroom. The program’s goal is to strengthen civics education and civic engagement in the United States.
“We want individuals to participate in democracy and overcome the partisan division through constructive dialogue, and this workshop will help with that,” said Marlene Lobberecht, chair of League of Women Voters of Cy-Fair. “This workshop has shown a positive impact on individual’s civic behavior and that’s the goal.”
In addition to submitting an essay, both Cross and Caulder conducted oral interviews with Harvard to be considered for the program.
“This is an incredible opportunity for any teacher, and I’m thrilled that I have the
chance to participate this year,” Cross said. “My hope is that I will walk away from this experience with the tools needed to provide my students with relevant, hands-on lessons that will lead to a greater depth of understanding and passion for government.”
“The Harvard Case Study Method Project brings a refreshing new approach to historical events that will generate student discourse, a thirst for history, and civic engagement,” Caulder said. “I can’t wait to dive right in and create new, meaningful and engaging activities for my students.”
The project began in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Greenwich, Conn., in conjunction with the League’s goals of preserving democracy and of supporting informed and active participation in government.
Cross and Caulder will share their experience with the program in an open forum on Nov. 7 at Juergen’s Hall Community Center in Cypress.