Chicago Lesson Study Conference

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Professional development like you have never seen! This two-day conference will feature up to 9 research lessons to choose among – carefully-designed lessons exploring ideas for improving student learning, with a discussion and expert analysis after each one.

Day 1, April 16 – Mini-conferences

Chavez Multicultural Academc Center
Brentano Math and Science Academy
Prieto Math and Science Academy
Lake View High School

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:

  • An introduction to Lesson Study (optional)
  • 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 – division with remainders (Chavez)
  • Grade K/1 mathematics (Brentano)
  • High School Geometry (with presentations also by the Grade 9 English team and World Studies team) (Lake View)
  • Grade 7/8 mathematics (Prieto)
  • Grade 5-8 (cross-categorical diverse learners) mathematics (Prieto)

Substitute teachers are being provided by the Office of STEM for Chicago teachers! Learn more here.

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

Research lessons:

  • Grade 4 science – electrical circuits
  • Grade 5 mathematics (geometry)

The agenda is still being developed, but it will include a keynote address, break-out sessions (see the Request for Proposals), and opportunities for Q&A with teachers and administrators from schools doing Lesson Study.

Keynote Speaker

 Sara Liebert, Principal, John Muir Elementary School, San Francisco, Calif., will talk about how Lesson Study has led to a dramatically more equitable outcomes for their students, with the greatest growth among African American boys.

 Professional development credit will be available for Illinois teachers. CPS teachers can sign up in Learning Hub using course codes 50636 and 50637.

Cost and Payment

Early registration: $260 (by February 14)
Regular registration: $300 (by April 2)

 For CPS teachers who are unable to attend both days, we offer the following:

April 17 only (early) (CPS teachers only): $170 (by February 14)
April 17 only (CPS teachers only): $210 (by April 2)

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 or purchase order 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.