Lesson Study Alliance

Lesson Study Alliance is dedicated to enriching the professional lives of teachers and the academic lives of students by supporting the effective use of Lesson Study, especially in mathematics. Lesson Study Alliance is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation based in Chicago.


About Lesson Study

Lesson Study is a structured process for teachers to work together to discover solutions to common teaching-learning challenges. The members of Lesson Study Alliance help teachers and schools implement an especially powerful form of Lesson Study called Collaborative Lesson Research, or CLR.

Our activities include:

  • hosting the international Chicago Lesson Study Conference
  • hosting smaller conferences and training sessions for teams of teachers;
  • facilitating and giving final comments for research lessons;
  • providing site-based professional development, including knowledgeable other services; and
  • supporting and distributing LessonNote, a free iPad application used in classroom observation and discussion.

Contact us at info@LSAlliance.org or 773-888-3404.

About Us

We are a coalition of educators dedicated to helping each other and others learn about lesson study and use the process to improve teaching and learning. The most important work is done by the hard-working teachers who design and teach public research lessons, assist with the annual conference or summer workshops, and more. Backing them up are Tom McDougal, who handles the day-to-day business of Lesson Study Alliance and supports teachers through the lesson study process, and Dr. Akihiko Takahashi of DePaul, who contributes his expertise by giving talks and serving as a knowledgeable other.

Japan Lesson Study Immersion Program

Japan Lesson Study Immersion Program

Anyone going to the WALS conference in Japan in November should definitely sign up for the Japan Lesson Study Immersion Program, November 20 – 22, 2017. This 3-day program will provide a unique opportunity to learn about teaching math through problem-solving and to...

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2017 Lesson Study Conference Day 1

2017 Lesson Study Conference Day 1

More than 120 educators from elementary through post-secondary settings participated in the first day of the 15th Annual Lesson Study Spring Conference on May 11. Photographs from the day's activities are available here. The Conference takes place at Prieto Math and...

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Japanese School LS Experience

Japanese School LS Experience

Want to experience Japanese Lesson Study but can't travel to Japan? One June 16, come to a 1-day conference at the Japanese Futabakai school in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and observe a live grade 6 mathematics research lesson. Learn more...

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It’s not the teacher’s job to teach the students!

It’s not the teacher’s job to teach the students!

What?? you might be thinking. What else could the teacher's job be but to teach? The teacher's job is to ensure that students learn – all of them, we hope, though we know we will usually fall short. In Japan, most (elementary) math lessons are designed as "teaching...

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