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Lesson Study

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Lesson Study is a professional development model that immerses teachers in a cycle of instructional improvement focused on planning, observing, and revising "research lessons." Over the course of a year, teachers in grade level teams write, study, teach, revise, and re-teach lessons, focusing their energies on improving mathematics instruction. While the lesson is taught by one of the teachers, others observe and collect data about student responses – a practice that leads to lesson revision. This long-term process allows a team of teachers to think carefully about orchestrating the complexities of instruction and to study the impact on student understanding.
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Application Process

Requirements for Registering

  1. Before registering, you must watch the video below. You will need the Access Code at the end of the video to complete registration.
  2. You must be currently practicing educator in Eastern Idaho. Click here to make sure your district is within the boundaries of Regions 5 and 6.

Step 1:

Watch Video for Access Code 

Step 2:

Register Here

2020-2021 School Year Dates:

Flow Chart with Lesson Study Dates 2020

Additional Information

  1. We mentioned earlier that Lesson Study is done is groups. You may participate by yourself- in which case you’ll be placed in a group; or you may recruit your own team and have all of you participate together. All participants must indvidually complete the registration.
  2. The last week of June you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to access the online training content.
  3. You’ll have until the end of September to complete the online modules. 
  4. Begin having conversations with your principal. There will be 2 days (the teaching days) that you will be out of the classroom; all other training/planning is done outside school hours. We ask that principals cover the cost of subs for the 2 teaching days. (More details to come.)
  5. See below for a downloadable flow chart for the Lesson Study.

Lesson Study Flow Chart


Can I get credit? Yes. You will have the option of registering for 3 optional credits through Idaho State University. A registration link will be sent to you after the first face-to-face session.

What does it cost to participate? Participation is free. There is no fee. If you would like credit, you may purchase 3 credit hours at $55/credit. Also, we do ask the principal/district to pay for 2 substitute days for you.

Can my whole team participate? Absolutely. Each person needs to complete the registration.

Can I participate by myself? Absolutely. We'll assign you to a collaborative working group when we meet in October.

What if COVID-19 restrictions aren't lifted by October (our first face-to-face)? Most likely, the lesson study cycles would be canceled or postponed…

What other teachers say about Lesson Study?

“This was a professional development that was well worth my time. It was not stressful being away from the class knowing that I could take what we do in this lesson study and apply it to my classroom. I love the opportunity to observe students and get inside their heads. It was also a great opportunity to collaborate with teachers in the same grade level who are facing the same questions and problems I face daily. Also this group of teachers are committed to growing professionally and that was a breath of fresh air.”  -Grade 4 teacher

 “This was just wonderful. I grew professionally by planning with others, watching how the lesson went by studying what the students did, and then revising the lesson to make instruction more effective. I can't wait for the next cycle!” –Grade 8 teacher

“I learned a lot about the thinking that students were doing.  It was interesting watching other students and how they either attacked the lesson or how they hung back waiting for someone to help them.  I also appreciated looking carefully at the task and asking what students will struggle with and how the task will advance the mathematics I am teaching.”  -Grade 2 teacher

“Definitely the most meaningful PD I’ve had, and I want more of it!” –Grade 5 teacher