1. What Will This Do for My Teachers and Campus?
Lesson Study is job-embedded professional development that uses collective teacher expertise to create meaningful student learning by supporting teachers with implementing instructional strategies and initiatives. Research suggests that Lesson Study can positively impact teachers’ knowledge and beliefs (Lewis, Perry, & Hurd, 2009).
Lesson Study Teachers See Student Achievement Gains on STAAR
In just the first year of implementation, students of Lesson Study teachers show significant STAAR improvement 42 percent of the time.
-The above data is based on 2018–2019 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) results.
Enhanced Professional Learning
Collective Teacher Efficacy
Collective teacher efficacy is the collective belief of teachers in their ability to positively affect students. It is ranked as the top influence related to student achievement according to John Hattie’s Visible Learning. In the 2018–2019 teacher survey, teachers reported gains in
- crafting good questions for students,
- using a variety of assessment strategies,
- providing alternate examples to alleviate confusion, and
- implementing alternative strategies in the classroom.
84 percent of teachers and 86 percent of administrators reported that the Lesson Study impacted the teachers’ professional growth, a direct aim of the program. Teachers indicated that being able to reflect and revise lessons with their groups led to a deeper understanding of the standards and how to teach them.
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2. How Does This Support Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)?
Lesson Study provides a framework for effective Professional Learning Communities (think scope and sequence for PLCs).
Teachers who participated in Lesson Study in 2018–2019 reported statistically higher levels of
- student learning,
- confidence in teaching abilities,
- expertise in the content areas taught,
- feeling like a respected professional,
- time to collaborate with colleagues,
- discussions regarding classrooms,
- colleagues being viewed as experts in the field of teaching.
Implementing PLCs for the first time? Contact your ESC Lesson Study Facilitator to begin establishing PLCs for your teachers.Find an ESC Facilitator
3. How Do I Get This Started on My Campus?
Administrators can get Lesson Study started on their campuses by organizing teachers, time, and tools. Consider whether you want to implement Lesson Study campus-wide or begin with just a few teams.
Lesson study teams usually consist of three to five teachers. It’s common for teachers to participate in a team from the same grade level and/or subject area, however teachers from several subject areas could also collaborate on a common goal such as comprehending and writing informational text.
Administrators may also consider if they want to involve outside experts such as instructional coaches, specialists, or university faculty. Even if they are not regular participants, specialists can provide a unique perspective to the Lesson Study process. Teachers across different campuses and even districts may form Lesson Study teams if needed. This is especially common in rural districts.
Use the Teacher Overview deck to help you get started.Teacher Overview Deck
To fully benefit from Lesson Study, teachers need regularly scheduled time to collaborate. Most teams meet for about 45–60 minutes per week, and a Lesson Study cycle typically takes between 6–10 weeks.
Many campuses opt to conduct Lesson Study meetings during their weekly Professional Learning Community (PLC) time. Administrators at these campuses appreciate that Lesson Study brings a proven, collaborative structure to PLCs. Teachers and administrators should work together to decide on a consistent time to devote to Lesson Study.
4. How Can I Receive Additional Support and Resources?
Work with an ESC Lesson Study Facilitator
The TXLS grant provides implementation support through the ESCs. Teachers receive frequent, ongoing support from an ESC TXLS Facilitator. Visit the Contact Us page to reach out to your ESC Lesson Study specialist.
Train Your Own District/Campus Facilitator
District/Campus staff can attend a TXLS Facilitator Training to learn how to facilitate TXLS groups. The Facilitator will receive periodic support from an ESC Facilitator.