Effective Schools Framework Vetted Improvement Program
The Education Service Center Region 3 is pleased to announce that our Texas Lesson Study program has been vetted and approved by Texas Education Agency to provide support aligned to the following Effective Schools Framework (ESF) Essential Actions: 1.1, 4.1, 5.1, 5.3
Texas Lesson Study
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.
Texas Lesson Study has absolutely changed my way of teaching. For example, I use data to drive how I plan my lessons. If I see a weakness within my students, I know I need to reevaluate that skill.
-Brandy, Region 3 Texas Lesson Study Teacher
Texas Lesson Study has helped me grow as a teacher, which directly benefits my students.
-Cassie, Region 3 Texas Lesson Study Teacher
What is Texas Lesson Study?
Texas Lesson Study (TXLS) is inquiry-based, systematic professional development.
Our program is
- 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
Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are key partners in this work. Region 3 ESC Specialists work closely with teacher teams and district/campus leaders to implement the Texas Lesson Study process in professional learning communities.