2013 Twelfth Annual Lesson Study Conference

Leading Lesson Study for the Common Core State Standards

Friday – Saturday, May 3 & 4, 2013

Prieto Math and Science Academy,
2231 N. Central, Chicago, IL

CPDUs will be available for Illinois teachers

Implementation of the Common Core State Standards will only be effective if school communities work together to achieve it. Lesson study helps create a common vision of the CCSS content standards and shared ideas for developing the mathematical practices in students.

This year's conference will highlight the work of two schools in Chicago that are using lesson study to address the Common Core Standards. It will feature three elementary mathematics research lessons along with invited talks by experts in lesson study and elementary mathematics, including Drs. Akihiko Takahashi of DePaul University, Tad Watanabe of Kennesaw State University, Makoto Yoshida of William Paterson University, and Toshiakira Fujii of Tokyo Gakugei University in Japan.

Featured Presentations

  • Challenges and Opportunities of the Common Core: The teaching and learning of fractions
    Tad Watanabe, Kennesaw State University
  • The roles of moderator and final commentator
    Akihiko Takahashi, Department of Teacher Education, DePaul University
  • Supporting the implementation of new standards: A case study from Japan
    Akihiko Takahashi
  • Research Lessons: There will be 3 research lessons from grades K, 3, and 4.


  • Akihiko Takahashi, Department of Teacher Education, DePaul University, Illinois
  • Tad Watanabe, Department of Mathematics, Kennesaw State University, Georgia
  • Makoto Yoshida, Director of the Center for Lesson Study, William Paterson University, New Jersey
  • Toshiakira Fujii, Tokyo Gakkugei University, Tokyo
  • Thomas McDougal, Lesson Study Alliance

Tentative Agenda

A tentative agenda may be viewed here.

Lunch selection

Lunch on Friday will be provided by Tokyo Lunch Boxes—view options here. Please select your lunch when you register. Lunch on Saturday will include vegetarian options.


Click here to register.


We highly recommend the Willows Hotel, which has offered a special rate for conference attendees and will provide transporation to and from the conference site. The following prices are for Thursday/Friday nights and per room for one or two persons:

  • Standard Queen: $120 Thursday/$300 Friday
  • King: $140/$320
  • Double Queen: $140/$320

Reservations should be made by April 2 by phone at 1-888-779-1904 (mention the group name "Chicago Lesson Study Group")

The Willows provides complimentary continental breakfast, wireless internet, and other niceties and is within a short walk of many good restaurants. Nearby parking is available for $22/night with 24-hour in-out privileges.

Getting there

Prieto Math and Science Academy is less than 1 hour from O'Hare Airport by public transportation or less than 30 minutes by car. It is also about 30 minutes from Midway Airport (1 hr 30 min by public). From downtown the trip is about 45 minutes by public, 30 minutes by car.

Willows guests will be provided with free shuttle service.
Public transportation: Prieto is served by the #74 Fullerton, #65 Grand, and #85 Central buses.
Driving: Parking is available adjacent to the school.
Taxi: Taxis do not reliably come to Prieto when called, unless you use Uber or a similar service.


About the Chicago Lesson Study Group

The Chicago Lesson Study Group was launched in November of 2002 with several volunteer teachers in Chicago area. Since its inception, this informal study group has met regularly to discuss issues in mathematics teaching and learning and to develop research lesson plans. As part of the lesson study cycle, the group hosts this annual lesson study conference with public research lessons.

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