Upcoming Lesson Study Events
- May 3 & 4, 2013. Chicago Lesson Study Conference (Chicago, IL). The 2013 Chicago Lesson Study Conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 3 & 4, 2013 at Prieto Math and Science Academy, 2231 N. Central in Chicago (the site of last year's conference). The theme of this conference will be on "Bringing the Common Core to life through Lesson Study". At this moment there are three math research lessons planned for the two days. Two of the lessons will feature teams from Prieto, where they have been working on supporting student note-taking as a way to help students "construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others." A kindergarten lesson will be based on a Japanese textbook that has been adapted to support the Common Core. A third grade lesson, most likely addressing fractions, will focus on teaching through problem solving. For more information, please visit the Lesson Study Alliance website.
- November 16, 2012. Lesson Study Open House at the Greenwich Japanese School (Greenwich, CT). The Greenwich Japanese School (GJS) has held open houses annually since 2000. These events have provided the U.S. education community with opportunities to observe authentic Japanese lesson study, instruction and learning (particularly teaching through problem solving), and schooling. This year, the open house will offer research lessons in Mathematics and special education. Participants can experience school life in the Japanese elementary school (Grades 1 to 6) and lower secondary school (Grades 7 to 9) without actually visiting Japan. Details and registration information can be found at the Global Education Resources website.
- November 28-30, 2012. World Association of Lesson Studies 2012 International Conference (WALS). National Institute of Education, Singapore. Previous WALS Conferences have brought together educators and teachers from China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, the US, the UK, Sweden, and many other countries around the world to share their research on improving the quality of learning, and experience and practice in Lesson Studies. The events have provided a useful and convivial platform to discuss issues pertaining to teaching and learning. WALS 2012 will surely provide a unique opportunity and an international educational arena where teaching practitioners and academics can share their potential collaborative research and development projects. Participation may well be the start of exciting synergies to take your research and practice into more meaningful dimensions. For more highlights of the conference, please see the flyer. For more detailed information on WALS, please visit their website here.
- May 3-4, 2012. Chicago Lesson Study Group Conference. Prieto Math and Science Academy, 2231 N. Central Avenue, Chicago, IL. Using Level 3 teaching to cultivate the mathematical practices of the Common Core State Standards. At the 2011 Chicago Lesson Study Conference, the concept of Level 3 teaching was presented, in which the teacher creates circumstances that lead students to discover important ideas for themselves. This kind of teaching naturally cultivates many of the mathematical practices called for in the Common Core State Standards. But what does that kind of teaching look like, and how can lesson study help teachers progress towards it? This year's Chicago Lesson Study Conference will feature speakers and live research lessons to foster discussion among participants around the challenge of implementing the Mathematical Practices of the Common Core State Standards. For more information, please visit The Chicago Lesson Study Group website
- November 17-19, 2011. 10th Annual Lesson Study Conference held in conjunction with the Greenwich Japanese School Open House. Greenwich, CT and New York, NY. Participants will have the opportunity to:
1. Observe four research lessons
2. Visit regular classrooms at Harlem Village Academies and Greenwich Japanese School
3. Discuss how lesson study can serve as a vehicle to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
More information available at Global Education Resources website
- July 19-21 and December 1, 2011. 2011 Lesson Study Summer Institute led by Dr. Makoto Yoshida. Center for Lesson Sutdy at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. The 3-day Summer institute will provide interactive presentations and discussions on the system and process of lesson study as well as workshops on specific lesson study skills. For more information and registration please visit their website link here
- July 27-28, 2011. Upper Midwest Lesson Study Conference hosted by the Wisconsin Cooperative Education Service Agency #10 (CESA 10) in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin. Eau Claire, WI. See Lesson Study in action, hear from a distinguished slate of experts and learn how Lesson Study can be enacted to meet individual needs. For more information please visit their website link here.
- July 18-22, August 3-9 (Level 1) and August 8-12 (Level II) 5th Annual Chicago Lesson Study Summer Institute: Chicago, IL. For more information and registration please visit their website link here. Registration deadline June 20.
Level 1: Provides background and an introduction to Lesson Study and presentations on designing lessons to teach through problem-solving; Guides teams through the process of developing their research lesson for the following school year. best for beginners or teams that have not previously participated in this institute, although teams participating for a second time have also found it beneficial.
Level II: Live research lesson observations and discussions, presentations sutiable for experienced teams and team work on developing a lesson plan, with opportunities for feedback from other participants and members of the Chicago Lesson Study Group.
- July 18-20, 2011. The Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT). Grapevine, TX. Catherine Lewis: 1) Develop professional learning community through lesson study: an introduction; 2) Share your lesson study challenges and experiences. For more information and registration please visit their website link here. To download the presentation, please click here. You will need to have Powerpoint to view the presentation or you can download a Powerpoint viewer. (Drop the powerpoint presentation file into the viewer to activate.)
- May 11-13, 2011. Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI): 17 Gauss Way, Berkeley, CA. For more information and registration please visit their website link here. Of special interest:
May 12: 1) Sybilla Beckmann: "Could the mathematics teaching community become as successful as the mathematics research community?" 2) Catherine Lewis: Lesson Study: A promising means to support the learning of students, teachers and mathematicians?
May 13: 1) Panel Session: Lesson Study Models: What models of mathematics lesson study have emerged in the U.S. and what can they each contribute? 2) Panel Session: Lesson Study: Advice from K-12 and university-based lesson study practitioners.
- May 12-14, 2011. Chicago Lesson Study Group Tenth Annual Conference: Bringing the Common Core Standards to Life. Newberry Math and Science Academy, 700 W. Willow, Chicago, IL. For more information and registration, please visit Global Education Resources website.
- May 13-14, 2011. Central Valley Conference: Lesson Study Meets the Common Core State Standards. Keynote speakers: Scott Farrand and Dr. Jo Boaler. CSU, Fresno. For more information (flyer and registration) visit their website link here.
- April 13, 2011. NCSM Special Interest Group on Lesson Study: Join practitioners, researchers, and leaders in sharing lesson study resources and questions. Marriott Downtown 2:45-4:00pm, Indianapolis, IN. For more information on lesson study networking visit their website link here.
- November 18, 2010. Annual Lesson Study Open House at the Greenwich Japanese School
(Greenwich, CT). Thursday, November 18, 2010; 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information about the event please visit Global Education Resources (www.globaledresources.com and follow the links).
- Summer 2010. Sessions I & II of the Chicago Lesson Study Group Summer Institute took place in Chicago, IL. For information, please visit their website.
- June 28 - 30, 2010. The Institute of Education Sciences held its Fifth Annual IES Research Conference and Poster Exhibition around the theme Connecting Research, Policy and Practice from June 28-30 in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference brought together the largest gathering of grant and contract recipients currently conducting IES-funded education research, including the Lesson Study Group. Please click here for conference presentations and proceedings.
- June 24 - July 7, 2010. Global Education Resources (GER) completed a
two-week Lesson Study Immersion Program (LSIP) in Japan. Highlights from the 2007 trip can be found here - stay tuned for 2010 program highlights.
- April 30 - May 4, 2010. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting was held in Denver, CO. Theme: "Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Changing World". For more information regarding conference proceedings, visit, the AERA conference website. For details on our AERA 2010 Presentations, click here.
- April 28 - 30, 2010. The Ninth Annual Chicago Lesson Study Conference was held at DePaul University, Thursday and Friday, April 29 & 30, 2010. Theme: "Are we doing Lesson Study right? Looking back and looking ahead". There will be a
pre-conference and reception on Wednesday evening, April 28th. Check this website for conference proceedings.
- April 21 - 24, 2010. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition was held in San Diego, CA. Theme: "Connections: Linking Concepts and Context." For conference proceedings, please visit the NCTM conference website.
- August 10-14, 2009. Chicago Lesson Study Group Summer Institute. The Asia-Pacific Mathematics and Science Education Collaborative and the
Chicago Lesson Study Group invite you to the third Lesson Study Summer
Institute (LSSI 2009). The institute will provide teachers and
other educators an immersion in lesson study, including an opportunity to
observe and discuss a research lesson and guidance through the process of
developing a research lesson with their colleagues. During the 2009-2010
school year participants will teach, revise, and re-teach their lesson with
guidance from the Chicago Lesson Study Group. In May 2010, the teams will be
invited to present at the annual Chicago Lesson Study Conference. This
experience will prepare participants to become independent practitioners of
lesson study. Details and letter of intent can be found on the Chicago Lesson Study group website at : http://www.lessonstudygroup.net/pages/2009_SummerInstitute.html
- June 7 & 8, 2009. California Lesson Study Conference at Monterey Bay. The goal of this conference was to provide an engaging forum for lesson study teams and researchers to share their work, for administrators and teachers to learn about the process of lesson study, and for policy-makers to think about the possibilities of lesson study as a tool for building collaborative professional communities, improving instruction, and increasing student achievement. Conference strands included: elementary mathematics, elementary science, secondary mathematics, secondary science, other academic subjects, introduction to lesson study, research on lesson study, managing lesson study programs, as well as administrators and lesson study. Visit www.calessonstudy.org for more information.
- June 7-9, 2009. The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) hosted the Fourth Annual IES Research Conference Sunday, June 7 through Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference was the broadest assemblage of grant and contract recipients conducting education research funded by IES and the Department of Education. Approximately 1,000 researchers and policy makers attended the 2009 Research Conference, including MCLSG staff. Click here to browse presentations.
- May 7–9, 2009. Chicago Lesson Study Group Annual Conference. Theme: “Building Our Professionalism through Lesson Study”. For the last eight years, this conference has been one of the
major lesson study conferences in the world, examining lesson study from a
global perspective with speakers from Australia, Japan, Singapore and Hong
Kong. Presenters will include: Jane Gorman, Center for Mathematics Education, Education Development
Center, Inc.; John Carter, Assistant Principal for Teaching & Learning, Adlai E.
Stevenson High School; and Tad Watanabe, Department of Mathematics, Kennesaw State University. There will be a research lesson on each day of the conference. Please visit their website for additional information or to register.
- April 22-25, 2009. NCTM 2009 Annual Meeting and Exposition was held in Washington, D.C. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from over 700 presentations, experience the latest teaching products and network with educators from around the world. Conference information can be found here. Additionally, the NCTM 2009 Research Presession happened April 20 - 22, 2009 at the same location. The Presession brought researchers together to examine and discuss current issues in mathematics education as well as a chance for researchers to receive feedback on their work and to capitalize on the collective wisdom available when researchers and practitioners come together to discuss mathematics education. MCLSG presentations can be found here.
- April 13-17, 2009. AERA Annual Meeting. The American Educational Research Association had their annual meeting in San Diego this year. The theme wass "Disciplined inquiry: Education Research in the Circle of Knowledge." Sessions were held April 13 – 17, 2009 at the San Diego Convention Center, the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, the Manchester Grand Hyatt, and the Omni San Diego. MCLSG presentations can be found here.
- Dec 1-4, 2008. The
World Association of Lesson Studies 2008 International Conference.
The purpose of this seminar is for key persons involved in Lesson Studies
from around the world to share their recent findings/developments.
- November 13-15, 2008. The Asia-Pacific Mathematics and Science Education Collaborative
2008 International Symposium on Mathematics Teaching and Learning:
Teaching and Learning of Fractions in Singapore, Japan, and the U.S. at DePaul University, Chicago, IL. This international symposium is designed for curriculum developers and those with an interest in making state standards more focused, as well as teachers and educators interested in using a focused and coherent curriculum. It offers an opportunity to discuss with experts of Singaporean and Japanese mathematics education what we can learn from their materials. The focus of this symposium will be the teaching and learning of fractions. For more information, visit the Chicago Lesson Study Group.
- May 16, 2008. California
Capital Lesson Study Conference: Conference strands include: elementary
mathematics, elementary science, secondary mathematics, secondary science,
other academic subjects, introduction to lesson study, research on lesson
study, managing lesson study programs, as well as administrators and
lesson study. See Links page for conference proceedings.
- May 8-10, 2008. Seventh
Annual Lesson Study Conference: Building a Worldwide Collegial Network
through Lesson Study - The Chicago Lesson Study group participates in
several research lessons, including annual conferences. Chicago, IL.
- March 5-7, 2008. Building
a Professional Learning Community through Lesson Study. William
Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. This conference will bring
together experts from Japan and the United States to discuss Lesson
Study as a professional development model for improving teaching and
learning. Visits to local schools that are implementing Lesson Study
- May 10, 2007. Sixth
Annual Lesson Study Conference: Building a collegial network through
lesson study - The Chicago Lesson Study group participates in several
research lessons, including annual conferences. Chicago, IL.
- May 11 - 13, 2006. The
Chicago Lesson Study Group, Fifth Annual Lesson Study Conference -
Building a Collegial Network Through Lesson Study, Chicago, IL.
- May 19-21, 2005. The
Chicago Lesson Study Group, Public Research Lessons and Symposium -
Improving Mathematics Teaching Learning Through Lesson Study, Chicago,
- April 11-15,
Seeing the Forest and the Trees:
Examination of Three Models of Practice-Based Professional Development (Session)
Unit: Division K-Teaching and Teacher Education / Section 7
Scheduled Time: Wed, Apr 13 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm Building/Room: Le Centre
Sheraton Montreal / Salon 1
Learning Through Lesson Study
What Do Lessons Tell Us About Teachers' Learning From Lesson
Unit: Division K-Teaching and Teacher Education / Section 1
Scheduled Time: Tue, Apr 12 - 12:25pm - 1:55pm Building/Room: Hilton
Montreal Bonaventure / Montreal Ballroom, Section Verdun
Learning About Line Symmetry: A Cross-School Elementary Lesson Study
Learning About Student Mathematical Discourse: Case Study of a Middle-School
Lesson Study Group
- April 4-9, 2005. NCTM,
1). Live research lesson and post-lesson discussion
with Akihiko Takahashi and Gail Burill. Thursday 7th April, 8am -11am.
2). Three major forms of lesson study with
Akihiko Takahashi, NTA and the Chicago Lesson Study group. Friday
8th April, 11am - 12:00 noon.
- May 22, 2004. Lesson Study Workshop by Chicago Lesson Study Group, at National
Teachers Academy-Professional Development School.
- April 19-21, 2004. NCTM
Research Presession Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
April 20, 2004. 1.30 - 2.30pm. What can we learn from Lesson Study
Debriefing Sessions? Room 108A, Pennsylvania Conference Center. Rebecca
Perry, Mary Leer and Catherine Lewis.
You will need to have Powerpoint to
view the powerpoint presentation files or you can download a Powerpoint
viewer. (Drop the powerpoint presentation file into the viewer to
- April 12-16, 2004. AERA
Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
13 April, 2004. 10.35am - 12.05pm. Hyatt. International Relations Committee:
Images of Children's Intellectual Development from Two Cultures: U.S.
and Japanese Preschool Teachers View Children. Particpants: Riyo Kadota,
Daniel J. Walsh, Joseph J. Tobin, Yutaka Oda, Catherine Lewis and Takako