Texas Lesson Study
What is Texas Lesson Study?
Lesson Study is a job-embedded professional development opportunity in which teachers work collaboratively to develop, teach, and revise research-based lessons. The program aims to improve teacher effectiveness, share best practices, improve student outcomes, and provide a platform to demonstrate mastery within the teaching profession.
Lesson Study is a framework for collaborative, instructional research and lesson design that can be implemented by any campus and is proven to be effective in positively impacting teacher effectiveness and student outcomes (Gersten, Taylor, Keys, Rolfhus, & Newman, 2014). This teacher-driven process has also been shown to increase teacher self-efficacy and professional growth, including reported gains in the ability to craft good questions, use a variety of assessment strategies, provide alternate examples to alleviate student confusion, and implement alternative instructional strategies (Young, 2018).
Research. Reflect. Refine.
What Are the Goals?
The TEA Strategic Plan 2019–2023 includes Lesson Study as a part of TEA's effort to improve teacher in-service training and support by introducing teacher-driven, reflective, and job-embedded professional development and structures (p. 4). The three major goals of Lesson Study are described below.
Improve teacher effectiveness
through self-reflective, outcome-oriented, research-based learning communities
Increase self-mastery and public perception of the teaching profession
by producing high-quality research-based documents (similar to the medical and legal professions)
Compile a massive repository of master lessons
that have been delivered, dissected, and refined by teachers
Why is TXLS Important?
- Fosters continuous professional learning: Improves teacher effectiveness through inquiry-based professional development in which teachers work collaboratively to develop, teach, and assess research-based lessons
- Bridges the gap between research and practice: Provides a framework for teachers, the practitioners, to review educational research and consider how to embed these findings into a lesson
- Shares effective instructional practices: Spreads effective instructional practices so that teachers across the state can access the teacher-designed, -tested, and -approved lessons
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Texas Lesson Study was such a powerful and emotionally moving experience for our teachers ... empowering our teachers to find and discuss instructional strategies that are research-based and best serve the needs of our student population.Dr. Gwen PerkinsArea Superintendent for Academic Programs, Denton ISD
Lesson study has made me a better teacher. I feel better equipped teaching the TEKS to the rigor they need to be. I feel like I look at lesson planning differently now and I am super pumped for the upcoming year.Jonathan Cambambia4th Grade Teacher, Lake Air Montessori, Waco ISD
For me as a leader, it’s been really inspiring to see how the team has come together ... and how we increased our collective efficacy through the process. Lesson Study was irreplaceable. It brought our PLC to the next level.Amanda SagerELA/Reading Instructional Coach, WoodCreek Junior High, Katy ISD
What is the Texas Lesson Study Process?
Examine student data and identify a research theme and student expectation from the TEKS
- The campus or teachers create an overarching Research Theme.
- Teachers examine the scope and sequence, student data, and the TEKS.
- Teachers identify the student expectation(s) from the TEKS for the Lesson Proposal.
Review instructional materials, research best practices, and plan an effective lesson
- Teachers review instructional materials and research.
- Teachers create an assessment.
- Teachers map out a unit timeline.
- Teachers plan the Research Lesson.
Teach the lesson, and collect observation data on students’ learning processes and engagement
- Teachers decide among the team who will teach the research lesson.
- One teacher instructs the lesson, while the others observe.
- The other teachers collect data on student engagement and learning during the lesson.
Reflect on the lesson and data collected, and refine lesson accordingly (may reteach lesson)
- Teachers and outside observers will reflect on the research lesson and discuss the data collected.
- Teachers will decide if they would like to make revisions to the research lesson.
- Teachers may repeat Phase 3 and 4.
Share the research-based lesson and findings, and network with other Lesson Study groups
- Teachers will share the research lesson and findings with fellow teachers.
- The Lesson Proposal and video of the lesson will be available on the Texas Gateway.
- A network of Lesson Study groups and facilitators will be built across Texas.
Community Support (Enablers)
- ESCs and TEA train and support district and campus leaders and teachers.
- Teachers collaborate in teams of 2–5 (may vary by grade level and or/ content).
- Teachers have dedicated time to meet during the school day or during a summer TXLS workshop.
- Lessons and accompanying videos are shared on the Texas Gateway site.
- Teachers are recognized for their thoughtfulness, expertise, and dedication to their students.
Where is Lesson Study?
ESC 3 HUB: ESCs 2, 3, 20:Tammi Tinnin · firstname.lastname@example.org
ESC 4 HUB: ESCs 4 and 13:Mendy Wandling · email@example.com
ESC 6 HUB: ESCs 1, 5, 6, 7:Traci Seils · firstname.lastname@example.org
ESC 10 HUB: ESCs 8, 10, 11, 12:Michelle Stimpson · email@example.com
ESC 14 HUB: ESCs 9, 14, 16, 17:Anne Post · firstname.lastname@example.org
ESCs 15, 18, 19:Texas Lesson Study · email@example.com