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The Rice University Mathematics Leadership Institute/Houston Independent School District Lesson Study Project

Abstract

This paper addresses the following claim(s):

"Although MLI has been in existence for four years, the Lesson Study Project is a newer initiative developing from Rice's collaboration with HISD. Thus it is too early to make any claims. However, two hypotheses are proposed through the work on this project, one relating to teachers and the other to students. With regard to teachers, the hypothesis guiding the work in this project is that a content-focused structure is an essential component for collaborative planning to be effective and that lesson study can provide the appropriate vehicle for providing this structure. With respect to students, the working hypothesis is that well-crafted student-centered lessons can only improve student achievement in mathematics."

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