2021 Lesson Study Summer Institute
Teaching through Problem-Solving
Hybrid (in-person and on-line)
August 2 – 6, 2021
Do not miss it. It will change the way you approach math instruction. —Angela Norcik, Kilmer Elementary
Japanese teachers, drawing upon recommendations coming from the U.S., developed a way of teaching mathematics and problem-solving at the same time, called “teaching math through problem-solving” (TTP). More and more teachers in Chicago and elsewhere are learning this approach and discovering that their students learn more and that math class becomes more fun for everyone.
Lesson Study Alliance invites teams of 3-6 teachers to participate in this 5-day workshop to learn the principles of Teaching through Problem Solving. As part of the process, a coach will guide your team through Lesson Study, a powerful structure for professional learning, which can support on-going, school-wide improvement. By the end of the workshop, teams will have a draft “research lesson proposal” for their TTP lesson.
Although the workshop will focus on mathematics, science teams are encouraged to participate as well. Leaders with expertise in science education and lesson study will support you.
In-person and remote participation options
Local teams whose members have proof of vaccination are invited to join us in person (location TBA); others can participate on-line, which makes this workshop accessible to teachers anywhere in the world. The workshop will consist of a mix of synchronous (live), asynchronous, large-group, small-group, and individual activities. During team meetings, teams will receive live support from Lesson Study Alliance leaders.
Advance materials will be available by July 20; synchronous activities will be held August 2 – 6, and the workshop will conclude August 6.
Accelerated program for experienced teams
Teams that have previously attended the institute or that have experience with teaching through problem solving can choose to attend August 3 – 5.
Who should attend
Teams of 3-6 persons consisting of any of the following should attend:
- Teachers of mathematics or science for grades K-12. Both grade-level and cross-grade teams are encouraged.
- School-based instructional leaders (with a teacher team), such as principals or curriculum coordinators
- Network or district instructional leaders.
- $2250 per team
- $1500 for the accelerated program for teams already experienced with TTP.
Lesson Study Alliance staff will provide follow-up support during the 2021-2022 academic year – in person for Chicago area teams, and remotely for others. Please contact us to discuss details.
Professional development credit
Professional development credit will be available for Illinois teachers. Teachers from other states should contact us to find out if p.d. credit can be provided.
How to sign up
Step 1: Register at LSAlliance.org/registration.html by June 30.
Step 2: Submit an application form with payment by July 9. Click here to download the form.
To ensure that we can provide high-quality support, the number of teams will be limited.