2020 Chicago Lesson Study Conference

April 16 and 17

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This two-day conference will feature up to 6 research lessons across two days.

Day 1, April 16 – Mini-conferences
various locations
times may vary (typically 9:00 – 1:00)

Day 1 will consist of mini-conferences at several Chicago public schools that have been using Lesson Study to improve teaching and learning. Although details will vary, each mini-conference will likely include the following presentations:

  • The history of Lesson Study at the school
  • A presentation on teaching math through problem-solving
  • A research lesson taught live to students
  • A post-lesson discussion, with final comments by an expert from Lesson Study Alliance.

Schools and research lessons (tentative):

  • Grade 3 mathematics (Chavez)
  • Grade 8 mathematics (Brentano)
  • High School Geometry (with a presentation also by the Grade 9 English team) (Lake View)
  • Grade 4 mathematics (Peirce)

Day 2, April 17 – full conference
Tentative location: Peirce Elementary School
Tentative time: 9:30 – 3:00

The agenda is still being developed, but it will include a keynote address, at least one research lesson taught live to students with a post-lesson discussion and final comments by an expert from Lesson Study Alliance, and opportunities for Q&A.

Keynote Speaker


Professional development credit will be available for CPS teachers.

Cost and Payment

Early registration: $260 (by February 10)
Regular registration: $300 (by April 10)

For CPS teachers who are unable to attend both days, we offer the following:
April 17 only (early) (CPS teachers only): $170 (by February 10)
April 17 only (CPS teachers only): $210 (by April 10)

There is a discount of $30 per person for groups of 3 or more.

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Space is limited, and registration may close early.

Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments are included.

Payment may be made by check, purchase order, or credit card.
Payment should be received by the registration deadline (February 10 for early registrations).


Registrations canceled prior to the registration deadline (April 10) will receive a 90% refund. No cancellations will be accepted after April 10.


Continental breakfast and lunch are provided both days.


We have reserved a block of 20 rooms at a special rate at The Freehand in downtown Chicago of $119/night for a queen room. The Freehand has been popular with past attendees; it is walking distance from Cafe Iberico, where we will celebrate on Thursday night. This rate is available only through March 16, 5pm. Book your room here, or call The Freehand at +1-312-940-3699 and give the group code “LSA0390R”.

Getting to the schools

On day 1, April 16, participants will be responsible for their own transportation to the schools. All of the schools are accessible by public transportation.

On day 2, April 17, a shuttle bus will transport participants from The Freehand to the conference site, and from the conference site to a CTA Blue Line station for a direct connection to O’Hare airport.