Texas Lesson Study recognizes the central importance and difficulty of teaching and serves as a process of professional development that brings to life standards, frameworks, and best practices in the classroom.
Texas Lesson Study is a system of research and development in which teachers refine ideas about best practice through careful study of actual instruction. Moreover, TXLS is inquiry-based, teacher-driven job-embedded professional development that is employed in weekly Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).
A driver of effective instruction, Texas Lesson Study teachers engage in collaborative, continuous cycles of improvement aimed at building capacity in instructional practices and grounded in high-quality instructional materials.
Texas Lesson Study teachers utilize this proven, job-embedded PLC framework to explore instructional problems of practice, and/or to support the implementation of new curriculum, and/or support the implementation of instructional initiatives.
Ongoing support cadence includes a gradual release of tiered essential actions, administrative observation/modeling of PLC facilitation, and performance coaching.
What is Texas Lesson Study?
Texas Lesson Study (TXLS) is inquiry-based, systematic professional development.
Our program is
- closely connected to classroom practice
- focused on student learning
- directed toward the teaching of specific curriculum content, and
- complementary to Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).
Benefits of Texas Lesson Study
- Improves student outcomes
- Elevates teacher effectiveness through self-reﬂective, outcome-oriented, research-based learning communities
- Enhances school culture through collective teacher efficacy
- Increases teacher retention
"Using Texas Lesson Study as a model, I now work with teachers to help them improve their students' success using the Lesson Study tools." -Ann, Region 2 Instructional Facilitator
Katherine Reeves, Texas Lesson Study Lead