2019 Chicago Lesson Study Conference

Achieving equity through lesson study

May 15 – 16, 2019
Prieto Math and Science Academy
2231 N. Central Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

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This conference will feature six research lessons – five in mathematics and one grade 8 humanities lesson. The math research lessons will incorporate the practice of teaching through problem solving in order to help students develop the mathematical practices of the CCSS. Each lesson will be taught live to students, followed by an in-depth discussion about the design of the lesson and its impact on students, with final comments by Dr. Akihiko Takahashi of DePaul University and experts from Lesson Study Alliance.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Maurice Swinney, Chief of Equity, Chicago Public Schools

Dr. Janice Jackson has been immersed in Chicago Public Schools her entire life. She was a CPS student from Head Start through 12th grade, then began her teaching career at Chicago’s South Shore High School. Since that time, Dr. Jackson has served as a principal, a Network Chief, the Chief Education Officer, and now, as Chief Executive Officer for CPS, head of the third largest school district in the country.

As the district’s first Chief Equity Officer, Maurice Swinney is responsible for moving CPS closer to achieving educational equity, which he views as a moral imperative for CPS. Prior to this role, Maurice served as the principal of Chicago’s Tilden Community Career Academy, where his focus on college readiness and social-emotional learning was recognized by the University of Chicago’s Consortium on School Research.

Research lessons

Participants will have the option to attend one of three lessons each day.

Wednesday lessons:

  • Grade 3, division with remainders
  • Grade 7, compound probability
  • Grade 5-8 cross-categorical, volume of a rectangular prism

Thursday lessons:

  • Grade 5, division with fractions
  • Grade 2, multiplication
  • Grade 8 humanities: Reparations Won: Case Study in Police Torture, Racism, and the movement for justice in Chicago

Professional development credit will be available for CPS teachers.


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Cost and Payment

Early registration: $259 (by April 7)
Regular registration: $299 (by May 1)

Special discounted rates for Chicago Public Schools educators who register in teams of 3 or more:
CPS/early, in teams of 3 or more: $149 (by April 7)
CPS/regular, in teams of 3 or more: $179 (by May 1)

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Space is limited, and registration may close early. In 2017 and 2018, registration closed 2 weeks 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 (April 3 for early registrations).


Registrations canceled prior to the registration deadline (May 1) will receive a 90% refund. No cancellations will be accepted after May 1.


Continental breakfast and lunch are provided both days. Please indicate your lunch preference (for Wednesday) when you register. We will have burritos; options are: steak, chicken, and vegetarian.


We have reserved a block of 30 rooms at a special rate at The Freehand in downtown Chicago of $149/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 Wednesday night. This rate is available only through April 14. Book your room here, or call The Freehand at +1-312-940-3699 and mention the group “Lesson Study.”

Getting to Prieto

Free shuttle service will be provided between The Freehand Hotel and the school. Prieto Math and Science Academy is also reachable by public transportation, either from downtown or from hotels near the airport. There is plenty of parking.