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League of Women Voters Selects Area Teachers to Attend Harvard Business School Training

Topeka, Ks.—July 23, 2019 –The League of Women Voters of Topeka Shawnee County (LWVTSC) announces the selection of two local high school teachers, Phillip Wrigley, Topeka High School and Susan Sittenauer, Seaman High School to attend civics education training at the Harvard Business School, August 18 to 20.

The Topeka area teachers were awarded grants to attend this 2 ½ day workshop based on an interview and essay writing process conducted by the LWVTSC and the League of Greenwich Connecticut in conjunction with Harvard University.  

The Harvard Business School nationwide initiative known as the High School Case Method Project has two goals:

  • Bring case method teaching to secondary education
  • Use this methodology to deepen students’ understanding of American democracy

Professor David Moss, author of Democracy: A Case Study leads this initiative and will be conducting the workshop. The project is funded through the generosity of the Harvard Case Method Project. 

The LWVTSC is dedicated to promoting participation in American democracy and decided to engage in this project as part of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the 19th Amendment, Women’s Right to Vote.

“The goals of this project align with League values of promoting an understanding of and participation in our American democracy. We believe that the end result will be that students will have a deeper and more meaningful understanding of American democracy and how to engage in civic discourse on difficult topics. We can all benefit from this kind of learning.“ said LWVTSC President, Vicki Arnett.

Phillip Wrigley is a National Board Certified Teacher who has taught at Topeka High School since 2013. He graduated with honors from the University of Kansas in anthropology and history and earned his Master in Education from Rockhurst University. He currently teaches US Government, World History, US History, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Read his essay

Susan Sittenauer has taught at Seaman High School since 1985 and currently serves as chair of their History Department. She teaches US History and Civil and Criminal Rights.  She holds a Bachelor degree in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Kansas and a Master degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas. Read her essay.


Contact Vicki Buening at vbuening@outlook.com for more information.