Sheldon Berman has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s leading champions of Civic Education. While superintendent of Hudson, Massachusetts schools, Shelley launched a comprehensive civic engagement initiative at Hudson High School. This Report presents a 5-year evaluation of the implementation of this program.

Berman has maintained his passionate commitment to Civic Education, and has led similar initiatives as the Superintendent at Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky. Click here to read more >


The goal is civic learning: Principles for administrators in times of uncertainty. In Meira Levinson and Jacob Fay (Eds.), Democratic Discord in Schools: Cases and Commentaries in Educational Ethics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2019.

A superintendent’s systemic notion of civics. The School Administrator, Vol. 65, No. 9, October 2008.

Fulfilling our civic mission: Service-learning in Massachusetts. A report by Community Service-Learning Advisory Council to the Massachusetts Board of Education. (Advisory Council Co-Chair). Massachusetts Department of Education, March 2006.

Teaching civics: A call to action. Principal Leadership, Vol. 5, no. 1, September 2004.

Practicing democracy in high school. Educational Leadership, Vol. 61, No. 1, September 2003