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Teacher Selected to Participate in League of Women Voters’ Harvard Civics Project

August 15, 2020 , Luhrs & Associates

The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley’s nominee, Kelly Epstein, has been selected to participate in the Harvard Civics Project.

(Park Ridge, New Jersey; August 15, 2020) — The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley (LWVNV) announces Kelly Epstein of Park Ridge was selected to participate in the League of Women Voters’ Harvard Civics Project.  The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley nominated Epstein, a Park Ridge High School history and psychology teacher, to participate in the prestigious civics education program.

Leagues across the country nominated 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.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Harvard Business School Professor David Moss will present the two-day workshop, Improving Civics Education with the Harvard Case Method, virtually.  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.

Epstein, an educator for 18 years, wants to engage students in knowing history and its impact on their lives and future.  In her application to the League of Women Voters, she explained that knowing the history of your society and how you can make change in that society is much more important to the functioning of a culture.  During college, she was required to take a history course and had a professor who engaged students with stories and had them examine how democracy shaped the United States and the important role they have as citizens.

“My education was lacking in an understanding of history and had it not been for that one course or that one teacher I would most likely not know much about our democracy and how it works.  This is why I would like to be a part of this initiative.  I have a passion to get my students engaged in not only in knowing history, but how this history has a direct impact on their lives and their future,” she explained.

Epstein holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a Master of Arts degree in social studies education from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.  She is also a certified psychology and social studies teacher and supervisor.  In addition to being a teacher, Epstein is a member of the Park Ridge Council.  Other activities include being a past president of the Park Ridge Education Association and a New Jersey Education Association UniServ consultant.

For further information about the LWVNV, membership or to get involved in voters service activities, contact (201) 947-0756 or lwvno.valley@gmail.com.  Learn more about the League on the organization’s website at bit.ly/LWVNVinformation.

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.  For opportunities to get involved or join the organization, contact (201) 947-0756 or lwvno.valley@gmail.com.  Follow the LWVNV on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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