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It's Go Time: Science For All
A Science and Lesson Study Conference

Sponsored by OCM BOCES and Syracuse University School of Education with support from these Teacher Centers: Central New York/Oswego County; Jamesville DeWitt/Syracuse University; West Genesee/Syracuse University; Syracuse; and Cayuga-Onondaga.

Participants will:

The second It’s Go Time Conference will occur on November 7, at Roxboro Middle School. This conference will have a dual focus on the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) and the professional development practice of lesson study (a collaborative process for planning, analyzing, and continuously improving instructional practices, see The focus of the conference will be science for all students, which will be supported by examining how lesson study can support teacher learning and instructional practices that facilitate equitable and rigorous content learning opportunities for all students.

The Teams

  • must contain at least three members and no more than five;
  • can consist of teachers from different grade levels or different subject areas;
  • can include school and district administrators;
  • need to collaboratively work together to build shared understanding of both science instruction and lesson study;
  • share the commitment and work associated with preparing for and teaching one of the live research lessons; and
  • must meet regularly (suggest weekly) from the start of the school year until the conference.

The conference research lesson needs to be embedded within a science unit and align with the NYSSLS. Each teaching team will prepare a full lesson research proposal. The research theme must be related to providing equity and access for all students related to the NYSSLS.

Team Responsibilities

  • Teams will engage in lesson study to prepare and teach an open research lesson at the conference. Teams will also prepare a lesson introduction, a research proposal, and a post lesson discussion.
  • Teams will work with conference coordinators to recruit students from your school to participate in the live research lesson. Each team must be able recruit 18-25 students. As the focus is science for all the students should approximate the varying student demographics that exist in the district.
  • The team will attend a 3-day summer workshop August 8, 9, and 10. In addition to providing a learning opportunity for team members related to lesson study and the NYSSLS, this workshop will allow the team to begin formulating their research proposal.
  • Teams will meet regularly (suggest weekly) to engage in lesion study to deeply study the standards, curriculum materials, and student learning. The team will meet a minimum of 5 times with their assigned lesson study coach who will support the team with the lesson study process as well as understanding the new standards. The exact schedule will be determined collaboratively with the team and coach.
  • The team will attend the November 7th conference all day.

Participation Benefits

  • Each participant will receive a $750 stipend.
  • Coaches and professional development will be provided at no cost to participants, schools, or districts.


Dr. Okhee Lee (keynote), Professor of Childhood Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Lee led the Equity and Diversity writing team for the construction of the NGSS. A well-established science education researcher, she was a 2009 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Her publications focus on the use of language in science learning, especially for English learners, as well as teacher professional development and curriculum design.

Dr. Krystal Barber (halfway workshop), Assistant Professor of Elementary Mathematics Education at SUNY Cortland, recently completed dissertation research that investigated teachers’ learning from a mathematics lesson study cycle. She served as a discussant at the 2016 conference.

Dr. Malcom Butler (halfway workshop), Professor of Secondary Science at the University of Central Florida, researches science learning for diverse populations and mechanisms for improving science teacher education. He has served as a principal investigator on multiple NSF projects, most recently investigating school organization and science achievement.

Mrs. Mariel Laureano (halfway workshop), Principal of the Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy in Chicago, has led her entire staff in conducting lesson study for the last eight years. Each May, she hosts the Chicago Lesson Study Conference in her building and has taught open research lessons at the conference in the past. Her expertise as a lesson study practitioner is key, as is her position as a school leader, for sharing the structures necessary for supporting teachers in this type of professional learning.

Dr. Catherine Lewis (halfway workshop), Distinguished Research Scholar at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., is an internationally known lesson study researcher and the only founding member of the World Association of Lesson Study from the United States. One of her recent studies was recognized by the What Works Clearinghouse review as one of only two of 643 studies to demonstrate the impact of professional development on students’ mathematics learning. She has published more than 30 manuscripts about lesson study, dating back to 1998, and is known as a key figure in building awareness of lesson study practice in the United States.

Dr. Brian Mandell (halfway workshop), Division Director of Curriculum and Communications at the Smithsonian Science Education Center, leads the development of SSEC’s curriculum materials focused on the NGSS. He taught middle school for 13 years. In addition to his curriculum development work, he is an adjunct professor at George Mason University, teaching courses in curriculum, learning theory, and assessment design.

Dr. Akihiko Takahashi (halfway workshop), Associate Professor of Elementary Mathematics at DePaul University in Chicago, is also an internationally known lesson study researcher. He is currently a member of the executive committee of the World Association of Lesson Study. He serves as a key contributor to the Chicago Lesson Study Alliance, helping host more than 10 annual conferences to help teachers and researchers across the United States learn about lesson study and mathematics teaching. He has published many manuscripts that focus on Japanese mathematics, problem solving, and lesson study.

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November 7, 2017
Roxboro Road Middle School
Syracuse, NY


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Time Group A Group B
8-8:20 Registration & Coffee - Commons
8:25-8:40 Conference Introduction - Auditorium
8:40-9:30 Keynote, Dr. Okhee Lee – AuditoriumScience for All: Promoting Equitable Science Teaching Practices to Support Students’ Learning
9:40-11:40 Research Lesson Introduction
Research Lesson
Post-lesson Discussion
Workshop 1: Dr. Catherine Lewis: How does lesson study support equity in the classroom?

Workshop 2: Dr. Akihiko Takahashi: Schoolwide lesson study as a means to ensure equitable access to high quality learning opportunities

Workshop 3: Dr. Brian Mandell: How do the new Smithsonian Science units support equitable science teaching in the elementary classroom?
11:50-12:20 Boxed Lunch
12:25-2:25 Workshop 4: Dr. Krystal Barber – Panel discussion – Why do teachers experienced with lesson study still do it and why might you want to?

Workshop 5: Mrs. Mariel Laureano – How can we lead to support teachers’ lesson study practice?

Workshop 6: Dr. Malcolm Butler – How can we support equitable science instruction in the secondary classroom?
Research Lesson Introduction
Research Lesson
Post-lesson Discussion
12:35-3:25 Panel Discussion – Auditorium
What are the patterns in student learning from the multiple research lessons? How did these lessons promote equity?
3:25-3:45 Evaluation & Closure





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