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In this section, you will find a list of handbooks and guides that provide prescriptive information and/ or templates for conducting lesson study. You can download or request many of these directly from this webpage. If you would like specific tools for conducting lesson study, please click here.


***The following list is alphabetized by author(s):

Lewis, C. (2002). Lesson study: A handbook of teacher-led instructional change. Philadelphia: Research for Better Schools.

This handbook illuminates both the key ideas underlying lesson study and the practical support needed to make it succeed in any subject area. Nine chapters address topics including the basic steps of lesson study, supports, misconceptions, system impact, and how to pioneer lesson study in your setting. The handbook provides practical resources including schedules, data collection examples, protocols for lesson discussion and observation, and instructional plans for mathematics, science, and language arts. Contributions by US lesson study pioneers Lynn Liptak, Tad Watanabe, and Makoto Yoshida highlight additional issues in lesson study design. If you believe that teachers should be the central force in their own professional growth, then read this book to discover both why and how lesson study matters. For ordering information, please click here.

Teacher to teacher: Reshaping instruction through lesson study (facilitator's guide). (2002). Naperville, IL: North Central Regional Laboratory (NCREL).

Teacher to Teacher: Reshaping Instruction Through Lesson Study, is a multi-media resource that includes a 140-page Facilitator's Guide and a 63-minute video. The 63-minute video contains three segments: an introduction to Lesson Study, the story of Ohio elementary teachers involved in Lesson Study through a mathematics lesson, and the story of Ohio secondary teachers participating in Lesson Study through a science lesson. The 140-page Facilitator's Guide includes interactive group processes, handouts, transparencies, facilitator notes, tools, and articles to support Lesson Study implementation. This product was published in 2002 by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) and is one of the first resources that demonstrates American teachers using Lesson Study as a means of professional development in their schools. It is designed for teacher facilitators and professional developers to help support effective professional development opportunities for teachers. To order this product, please click here.