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Friday, April 29th, 2016




1150 N. Hayes Ave. Dinuba, CA 93618


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All resources, agendas and protocols will be posted below. Please make comments on the bottom of the page to interact before, during and after the Opt-In Site Visit Consultancy!

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The purpose of this Opt-In experience is to help all attending districts make further sense of these essential questions with cross-district colleagues, and to support the effective design and implementation of Lesson Study across districts. 

Essential Questions:

  1. What challenges does Lesson Study address? 
  2. How does Lesson Study cultivate a coherent, district-wide vision for mathematics learning, facilitate common understandings of prioritized instructional shifts, and build individual teacher and group capacity to enact those shifts? 
    1. For example, how can Lesson Study reveal information useful for improving student to student discourse?
  3. What needs to be in place for Lesson Study to be an effective strategy towards those desired outcomes? 

Expert Advisors: 

Dr. Catherine Lewis is the current director of lesson study research projects funded by NSF and IES and is a senior research scientist at Mills College. Catherine comes from four generations of public school teachers. Fluent in Japanese, she has conducted research in Japanese and U.S. schools for 25 years. Her writings and videotapes, including Lesson Study: A Handbook of Teacher-Led Instructional Change and 'Can You Lift 100 Kilograms?' have introduced many U.S. educators to lesson study. A graduate of Harvard University (B.A.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.), she is the author of more than 40 publications on elementary education and child development, including the award-winning book Educating Hearts and Minds: Reflections on Japanese Preschool and Elementary Education (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

Dr. Tad Watanabe is an Associate Professor of Mathematics (Education) at Kennesaw State University. He started at KSU in the summer of 2006.  Prior to coming to KSU, he taught 4 years at Pennsylvania State University and 10 years at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. He co-wrote Navigating Through Problem Solving and Reasoning in Grades 6-8 (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2009).

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