Teachers College, Columbia University

Lessons from Lesson Study: A Model for Improving Teaching in Postsecondary Mathematics

Date and Time: May 12, 2021 Noon EST
Location: Online

In this one-hour webinar, mathematics faculty, professional developers, and administrators learned about lesson study, a model for faculty development. Lesson study is a structured, collaborative approach to teacher inquiry that examines how lesson design and instructional choices influence student thinking and learning. The goal of the process is to learn about practices that can lead to improved student learning more broadly. Lesson study teams work in cycles consisting of four stages: (1) studying and planning a lesson, (2) teaching, observing, and debriefing the lesson, (3) revising and reteaching the lesson, and (4) reflecting and reporting on the results.

Lesson study has proven effective in improving student learning in K-12 mathematics. To understand lesson study at the postsecondary level, the Community College Research Center and Education Northwest engaged in a three-year, Institute of Education Sciences-funded project to adapt and implement the professional development model at three community colleges.

This webinar introduced lesson study, showcased new implementation resources, including a guide for facilitators, and reviewed research findings from the project on how participating math faculty changed their teaching practices. Participants also heard from mathematics faculty about how this approach can be used to address current challenges in community college mathematics education.


Senior Research Associate and Program Lead
Community College Research Center
Jacqueline Raphael
Practice Expert, System Improvement
Education Northwest
Natalie Denny
Part-Time Instructor
Portland Community College
Michele Marden
Math Instructor
Portland Community College

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