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Wednesday, October 16 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Lesson Study in Mathematics

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This session is a part of our special Wednesday focus on professional development in mathematics. It will take place at Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco.

SFUSD has been making notable strides toward our vision that all students make sense of rigorous mathematics in ways that are creative, interactive, and relevant in heterogeneous classrooms. Through efforts to design and refine a problem-based curriculum, detrack high school math, and increase participation in advanced math courses, and through the development of math teacher leaders and math coaches in our schools, SFUSD has been a role model for other urban districts seeking to shift the practice of mathematics toward inquiry, critical thinking, and equitable outcomes. This impact has been accomplished in part through ongoing, responsive professional development efforts, including complex instruction, problem-solving cycles, and lesson study. A cohort of SFUSD schools has been committed to whole school lesson study within mathematics, focused on Teaching Through Problem Solving (TTP). These schools seek to ensure the participation of all educators in one or more rigorous lesson study cycles annually, toward the goal of accelerating math achievement for each and every student — so that students are confident, independent learners able to engage in high-level problem-solving and productive discussion, and able to use evidence and reason to construct viable arguments. Our cohort of schools believes that lesson study is a powerful lever for enhancing teachers' pedagogical content knowledge through the development of a research question, collaborative research and lesson planning, detailed observation, and the moderated debriefing of lessons. Using the Teaching Through Problem Solving protocol, Lauren Williams and the team will present a fifth-grade mathematics lesson with a class of Hillcrest Elementary students. Observers will have the opportunity to hear how the group developed their inquiry and resulting lesson, watch the lesson live with students, and participate in the debriefing. Expert commentary on the mathematics of the lesson will come from Dr. Harold Asturias. Final comments on the day will be from Annie Fetter.

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Joseph Mannarino

5th Grade Teacher, John Muir Elementary School
Joseph is in his fourth year as a 5th-grade teacher at John Muir. He studied music and Spanish in college, working previously as a theater arts teacher and director for kids. He pursued his master's through the San Francisco Teacher Residency program. Joseph has attended the IMPULS... Read More →
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Karen Cortez-Ramirez

3rd Grade Spanish Bilingual Teacher, San Francisco Unified School District
My name is Karen Cortez-Ramirez. I am originally from Los Angeles and have been a public school educator for 11 years. I believe all teachers should strive to be agents of change. I have been teaching at Hillcrest Elementary in San Francisco since 2011, have spent most of my years... Read More →
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Lauren Williams

Classroom Teacher, 5th Grade Gen Ed, Hillcrest Elementary School
Lauren has been a teacher at Hillcrest since 2013 and a Lesson Study participant since 2015. She attended IMPULS in Japan during the summer of 2018 and has loved bringing her learning back to her classroom and school site.
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Nora Houseman

Supervisor, Professional Learning & Leadership, San Francisco Unified School District
Nora Houseman grew up in Washington, DC, attending district public schools K–12 and leaving high school determined to further equity and justice in public schooling. Nora taught middle school for nine years in Oakland, San Lorenzo, and San Francisco, then served as the site principal... Read More →
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Rashida Carter

Teacher, San Francisco Unified School District
I am a graduate of Syracuse University (BS)  and University of San Francisco (MAT). While at USF I was in the SFTR (San Francisco Teacher Residency) program and did my residency at John Muir Elementary School. I have taught at John Muir for the past 3 years and am currently a 5th... Read More →
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Sara Liebert

Principal, John Muir Elementary School
Sara Liebert is the principal at John Muir Elementary School in San Francisco, CA, and she has held several roles: math instructional coach, math teacher for fourth- and fifth-grade students, and lead teacher for the district’s Lesson Study project.


Wednesday October 16, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Hillcrest Elementary School (SFUSD) 810 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
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