Enduring Legacies Native Case Studies

Guidelines for Submitting a Case

The Evergreen State College welcomes case submissions for its web-based case collection. We accept case submissions in all academic areas addressing significant issues in Indian Country. Interdisciplinary cases are strongly encouraged.

Sending Us Your Case

Our preference is for cases that are 3000 words or less, not including the teaching notes and written in accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) manuscript guidelines. You can send us your cases via email to the following email address: Barbara Leigh Smith

Your submission should be in the form of two, separate files-, preferably in Word. These should include:

Institutional Review Boards and Acknowledgements

Authors should follow appropriate procedures involving institutional review boards (college and tribal) when the case research involves the participation of humans as subjects of research and ensure that participation is voluntary and risks are minimal. Benefits of the research and distribution of the research must be fully spelled out in writing to the participants. Formal acknowledgement should be included in cases where the author received support and/or review from others.

Teaching Notes

Detailed teaching notes accompany all our cases. Below are some guidelines. We also encourage you to take a look at the teaching notes for cases on our site as examples.

Introduction – Learning outcomes; disciplinary relevance, level of audience, related cases

The introductory sections should list the learning outcomes for the case, the disciplinary emphasis, the educational level of the audience (high school, college, graduate school, major vs non -major). If the case has prerequisite knowledge or background the students should have that should be indicated in this section. The final section of the introduction should list any related cases in the collection.

Implementation/ Suggested pedagogical approach

In this section you should describe one or two suggested ways to teach this case –small groups, debate, jib saw, clicker case, interrupted case, etc. Be sure to provide detailed instructions for whatever approach you recommend and indicate the approximate amount of time required. If you recommend students work in small groups on discussion questions, include specific questions in the teaching notes to go with the case. Discussion questions may be organized by levels of complexity ranging from fact questions to analysis questions to synthesis questions to evaluation questions as in Bloom’s Taxonomy. Some of our writers organize them by “tiers” with Level 1 representing the simplest kinds of fact questions and Levels 2-4 focusing on progressively higher levels of critical thinking. It is also useful in this section to describe evaluation/assessment activities that might be used after the students have worked the case. These might include, for example, end- of-case reflection questions done in class at the end of the session.

References/Additional Resources

The sources you consulted in developing your cases as well as recommended further reading if appropriate. Other resources may also be recommended such as films, videos, websites, etc. References should be in American Psychological Association (APA) style, with in-text notes and a list of sources cited at the end of the case.

Copyrighted Material

If your case contains copyrighted material, we need to secure permission to use this material. If you flag that material for us at the time you submit your case and tell us where it comes from (a complete citation, the URL for the website, etc.) we will contact the copyright holder to secure permission to publish it as part of your case on our website.

Peer Review

Our collection is peer reviewed. Initial reviews are done in-house by us. At this stage, we will usually send it back to you for further revision. When we feel your draft is ready, we will send it to two outside reviewers with expertise in the subject area of the case. After reviewing the external reviewers' comments, we will forward them to you and ask you to consider them as you revise your case. After receiving these revisions, we will make a decision as to whether we accept it for the collection.

Copyright of Our Cases

In most instances Evergreen and the author (s) will hold joint copyright to the cases and teaching notes with the understanding that the author(s) may publish the case elsewhere and the case may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes with appropriate attribution free of charge. If we accept your case, we send you a copyright agreement form to sign and return to us. This form is a formal agreement of joint copyright of your case and teaching notes with The Evergreen State College. In addition, in signing this form you attest that the case submitted is your own work and does not infringe upon anyone else’s copyright.

Final Stages of Publication

Once we accept your case, we will do a final technical edit of your case and then lay it out and create several PDFs files, which will be posted on our website.

Permitted Uses

It is our goal to promote widespread use of our materials. Therefore our cases are open source and available to the public to use at no cost. We do ask that all users include appropriate attribution whenever they use our cases.


If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Leigh Smith.