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.
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.
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.
News & Events
We are pleased and grateful that the Japanese school in Arlington Heights is planning two more public research lessons, on June 15 and October 19, 2018. The topic of the June lesson is: Grade 4, long division (dividing a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number). This...read more
Registration for the 2018 Chicago Lesson Study Conference is now open! We are very excited to have as our keynote speaker David Foster of the Silicon Valley Math Initiative. The conference will be May 17 & 18 at Prieto Math and Science Academy. Last year the...read more
For anyone who found it difficult to find time to listen to the terrific radio documentary by American RadioWorks, you can read the segment about Lesson Study here. Some of my favorite quotes: "We need to shift from thinking about how to improve teachers to thinking...read more
A grade 4 team was recently considering the following task for a lesson in which they hoped to have students make a connection between fractions and decimals: What would you say about this? I wrote them two emails about it. First email: What would be the purpose of...
A surprisingly difficult but critically important part of designing a lesson is establishing the learning goals. Many teachers write learning goals in the form of behavioral outcomes: “Students will be able to…” Frequently this is what their administrators want, and...