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NEW Conference videos and links added below
8:30 - 9:00 Refreshments and registration
9:00 - 9:10

Welcome and conference information

9:10 - 9:30

"How Do We Get Better at Lesson Study?"
Catherine Lewis, Mills College, Oakland, CA link
Catherine Lewis is a senior researcher at Mills College, in Oakland, California. Her writings and videotapes, including ?A Lesson is Like a Swiftly Flowing River,? and ?Lesson Study: A Handbook of Teacher-Led Instructional Change,? have introduced many U.S. educators to Lesson Study. Lesson study is a process in which teachers jointly plan, observe, analyze, and refine actual classroom lessons called "research lessons."

9:30 - 11:00

Lecture: "American Freedom: Before and After 9/11" Eric Foner, Columbia University
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of this country's most prominent historians. Professor Foner's publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history, and the history of American race relations ...more information

11:00 - 11:15

Video - "History at the Center II: The Debrief"
Three groups of Oakland Unified School District teachers analyze their lesson study.

Click on the image on the right to see the Quicktime version of the video.

11:30 - 1:00 Lesson Sessions - OUSD History grant participants will discuss their lesson study and engage conference attendees, using student work from their classrooms, in an analysis of student learning. . Select either A, B, C (limit of 35 per session)
Session A- Room 371
Session B ? Room 3401
Session C ? Room 3335
Group 1
11:30 - 12:10
Using the Trial of John Peter Zenger (1735) to Teach About Freedom of Expression - A Focus on Understanding Two Sides of an Argument (5th grade lesson) Using the Trial of John Peter Zenger (1735) to Teach About Freedom of Expression - A Focus on Using Debate (5th grade lesson) Using the Trial of John Peter Zenger (1735) to Teach About Freedom of Expression - A Focus on the Importance of Freedom of Expression.(5th grade lesson)
Group 2
12:15 - 12:55
?Was Plessy v. Ferguson a Case of Judicial Activism? ? A Focus on the 14th Amendment? (11th grade lesson) ?A Threat to the Fourteenth Amendment: Comparing Mexican - American Repatriation to Our Post-9/11 World." (11th grade lesson) ?A David Walker Murder Mystery? ? a focus on the use of historical evidence (8th grade lesson)
Video Clips

Video: Peter Zenger
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Video: 14th Amendment
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Video: David Walker
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1:00 - 1:45

Brown bag Lunch and lesson study discussions - OUSD history grant participants host conference attendees in a discussion of their work with Lesson Study.

  • What has been most useful?
  • What has been most challenging?
  • Ideas for how to implement Lesson Study within schools, districts, and other history projects
1:45 ? 2:00 Closing comments and conference evaluations