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Lesson Study includes purposeful professional development that uses collective teacher expertise to create meaningful student learning.

Region 17 Lesson Study facilitators will guide administrators and teachers through:

  • Selecting an area of focus
  • Designing research based instructional practices aligned to the focus
  • Providing collaborative team time for teachers to plan the implementation of the strategies
  • Supporting and coaching the PLCs through the process
  • Providing a space for reflective conversations with feedback and coaching
  • Sustaining the lesson study work independent of an outside facilitator
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Need Help?
Haley Maldonado
Haley Maldonado
Lesson Study Lead

P: (806) 281-5865
E: hmaldonado@esc17.net
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Stacy Bender
Lesson Study Coach

P:
(806)281-5720
E: sbender@esc17.net
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What Is Lesson Study?
Lesson Study is a proven process in which teachers drive improvements to teaching and learning through collaborative action research.

In Lesson Study, teachers engage in cycles of continuous improvement.  Together, groups of teachers within their PLCs examine a problem of practice, plan instructional solutions, teach, observe, reflect, and share the results of their work.

Teachers develop a deep and lasting knowledge of content and pedagogy.

The purpose of lesson study is to improve instruction
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The TXLS Cycle...
  • TXLS teams meet weekly to complete the TXLS cycles.

  • Training and meeting schedules are tailored to fit the campus needs.

  • ESC specialists train, support, and coach LEA’s to sustain implementation
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Why Do Lesson Study?  Stacy's Pitch
Why Do Lesson Study?  Haley's Pitch

Mission:

The mission of Texas Lesson Study is to support student mastery, build the professionalism of teaching, and develop a culture of professional learning and improvement.  

 

Vision:

The vision is that teachers across Texas will embrace Lesson Study as part of their ongoing professional growth, improving instructional practices and knowledge of general and content-specific pedagogy that directly results in improved student learning.

 
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Why Do Lesson Study?
  • In just the first year of implementation, students of Lesson Study teachers show significant STAAR improvement 42 percent of the time.

  • Teacher turnover is less for Texas Lesson Study teachers.

  • Teachers reported higher levels of attributes affecting school culture such as confidence in teaching abilities, expertise in the content area taught, feeling like a respected professional, and viewing colleagues as experts in the field.

  • Teachers also expressed professional growth in areas such as crafting good questions, using a variety of assessment strategies, and implementing alternative strategies in the classroom.
 

The Lesson Study model is centered on improving teaching, not the teacher.

How Does It Compare To Other PD?

Traditional PD versus Lesson Study

The ESCs will build a foundation for continuous teacher professional development and develop the capacity of local leaders to sustain and expand Lesson Study.  ESCs will:

  • Provide training and support in leading Lesson Study groups
  • Provide and communicate research on current best instructional practices
  • Help problem-solve around specific needs of a campus or district
  • Coach LEA facilitators on how to effectively lead Lesson Study groups

 

Does Lesson Study Connect To Other TEA Initiatives?
Yes!  The Lesson Study process can support administrators and teachers in applying and reflecting on their learnings from various TEA initiatives.  These crosswalk documents serve to demonstrate how Texas Lesson Study can support districts and schools in understanding the main components of these programs and the potential for Lesson Study to support them in improving teacher effectiveness.
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