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Texas Lesson Study

September 24, 2023

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 

  • job-embedded
  • collaborative
  • 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



Contact Information

Katherine Reeves, Texas Lesson Study Lead

(361) 561-8651

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