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Lesson Study Communities
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Lesson Study Communities
Increasing Achievement With Diverse Students


July 2006 | 224 pages | Corwin

"If you are seeking a more effective way to improve teaching and learning for your students or innovative ways to help teachers become actively involved in their professional career, you will enjoy opening the door to lesson study."
—From the Foreword by Akihiko Takahashi

Employ one of the most promising strategies for linking professional development and student achievement—lesson study!

Educators have been examining the Japanese lesson study model for years, but the dissimilar environment in U.S. schools has prevented a widescale adoption of this effective form of professional learning.

Lesson Study Communities demonstrates how to translate each step of the Japanese lesson study process to the educational environment of U.S. schools. Offering specific strategies that have been tested and successfully used with ethnically diverse students, this book incorporates a culturally responsive approach to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Working in impoverished schools with ELL and low SES students, Wiburg and Brown's program made significant progress toward closing the achievement gap in poorly served communities.

Applicable to math, science, reading, language arts, and social studies programs, this implementation guide:

  • Explains how to connect lesson study to school or district instructional goals
  • Provides case examples and step-by-step guidance
  • Reveals how lesson study can be integrated into daily work
  • Offers extended learning activities and exercises

Addressing the challenge of changing student demographics, this book includes guidance on assessing readiness for lesson study, planning the research lesson, gathering data, modifying the lesson, and sharing findings.

Staff developers, teachers, and administrators committed to increasing student achievement will find this to be a significant stride toward ensuring academic success.


 
Foreword by Akihiko Takahashi
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Translating Lesson Study From Japan to the United States
 
2. Building Successful Lesson Study Communities
 
3. Assessing Your Readiness for Lesson Study
 
4. Connecting Instructional Goals to Lesson Study
 
5. Designing the Research Lesson
 
6. Reflecting on and Sharing Your Research Lesson
 
7. Integrating Lesson Study With Existing School Initiatives
 
Resource A: Professional Development Materials
 
Resource B: A Problem-Centered Unit
 
References
 
Index

"Required reading for school district professional development leaders who want systemic and consistent improvement. Wiburg and Brown share how this powerful professional development model from Japan can address the educational needs of students in culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse U.S. environments."

David Rutledge, Assistant Professor
New Mexico State University
Key features
  • Translates the Japanese lesson study model
  • Includes guidance on assessing readiness for lesson study, planning the research lesson, gathering data and modifying the lesson, and sharing findings
  • Activities and exercises to help readers try out the ideas in the book
  • Links lesson study to school and district goals

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword

Preface

chapter 1


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