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FCR-STEM Conference 2012

2012 FCR–STEM Conference — Resources


Diana Suarez, left, and Susan Watts of Dover Elementary in Dover, Florida, show clay canoes they made in during an FCR–STEM 2012 Conference presentation on teaching engineering concepts to students.

Diana Suarez, left, and Susan Watts of Dover Elementary in Dover, Florida, show clay canoes they made in during an FCR–STEM 2012 Conference presentation on teaching engineering concepts to students.

The Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics holds professional development conferences for Florida educators who teach STEM subjects to K-12 students, with the goal of connecting research to practice. The 2012 conference took place December 6-8 in St. Petersburg, attracted 500 educators and researchers and featured more than 80 sessions related to STEM content and pedagogy.


The conference brought together teachers and research specialists to share the latest advances in math and science education and what these mean for instructors and students.


“I found this conference to be very rewarding professionally and personally,” wrote one participate in the online survey. “I made some great contacts for collegial interaction, and learned some invaluable ideas to bring back and into my classroom.  Thank you for this experience.  It was well worth it!”


Here are many of the presentations from the conference, along with other resources shared by presenters.


If you have any questions about these or other resources, please send an e-mail to Christine Johnson at




Using Core Math Tools in a Middle School Classroom

This presentation shares three middle school math lessons using the Core Math Tools, a free technology suite available on the NCTM website. Included in each lesson are the Mathematical Practices and Math Common Core State Standards to help teachers begin the transition to the Common Core. Presenter: Suzanne Hedberg, Pinellas County Public Schools

A17 - Hedberg - Using Core Math Tools in a Middle School Classroom.ppt


With STEM in Mind: How the New Science of the Brain is Changing STEM Education

From professors in education schools to instructional leaders in school districts to administrators in departments of education, there has been much discussion in recent years about the importance of “learner centered” classrooms and evidence-based teaching practices. This presentation offers lessons from brain science research that not only help define what is meant by “learner centered” but also provides guidance to STEM educators who want to harness the latest understanding of how the human brain works to address the challenges they face in their classrooms. Topics include common myths about learning and the brain and specific approaches to teaching STEM concepts that have produced improved student outcomes in real-world classrooms. Presenter: Manuel Saldivar, FCR-STEM, Florida State University

A18 Saldivar - With STEM in Mind - How the New Science of the Brain is Changing STEM Education.pdf


Rigor Beyond the Text

This presentation offers a better understanding of how to apply Norman Webb’s depth of knowledge framework in teaching students higher order thinking skills. Participants worked in cooperative groups and used manipulatives to explain numeric problem-solving activities. Participants differentiated the meaning of instructional “rigor,” including what rigor is and what rigor is not, as it relates to mathematics instruction and assessments. Participants also learned the appropriate brain-compatible instructional strategies and resources for lesson planning. Presenter: Vanady Daniels, Miami-Dade Public Schools

Related presentation materials: CCSS Math Standards; Rigor Questions; Rigor Self-Assessment

 A19 Daniels - Rigor Beyond the Text - Powerpoint.pdf

A19 Daniels - CCSS Math Standards.pdf; A19 Daniels - Rigor Beyond the Text - questions.docx; A19 Daniels - Rigor Self-Assessment.docx


Model-Eliciting Activities as a Formative Assessment and Learning Tool

Learn how Model-Eliciting Activities (MEAs) can improve your formative assessments and allow students to learn at the same time. MEAs are thought-revealing, open-ended problems based on realistic scenarios for which students create a model for solving a problem rather than arrive at one solution. Learn the basics of MEAs, and how to turn word problems into a more authentic, learning-rich task for students. Presenters: Melissa Dyehouse and Robert Lengacher, FCR–STEM, Florida State University

A23 Dyehouse & Lengacher - Model-Eliciting Activities as a Formative Assessment and Learning Tool.pptx


The Ecology of Emerging Infectious Disease

Recent reports of the emergence of new infectious diseases and the reemergence of those previously considered controlled have raised public alarm.  The study of ecology is relevant to this issue because an agent of infectious disease and its host organism comprise a classic form of species interaction that is studied by ecologists.  Presenter provides an overview of how tools and concepts from ecology contribute to prediction, prevention, and control of outbreaks of infectious disease, and presents two case studies to illustrate the applications of models from population biology and data on biodiversity to the problem of emerging infectious diseases. Presenter: Alice Winn, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University

A25 – Infectious Disease Ecology.ppt



Utilizing the Mental Model Building Methodology and Students’ Observations to Increase Student Learning

In Mental Model Building, students learn new concepts by first constructing a model of their preconceptions and then building a correct model incorporating new information. The presenters have successfully incorporated this methodology with students' own observations since 2009 with undergraduate non-science majors and pre-service teachers to increase student learning of the lunar phases. This presentation shows how to use a similar approach as an effective science teaching strategy for a variety of concepts. Presenters: Angela Osterman Meyer and Manuel J. Mon, Department of Marine and Ecological Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University

A26 Meyer & Mon - Utilizing the Mental Model Building Methodology and Students_ Observations.ppt



Blended Algebra One:  A Case for Creating a Blended Model

This presentation describes the development of a Blended Algebra 1 course. Blended learning systems combine face-to-face instruction with computer-mediated instruction. Students have the benefit of the flexibility and use of both modes of delivery. The blended course provides the variability for learning styles and motivational levels of students, which are not accounted for with just the use of one method. The benefits and research-based strategies for creating blended mathematics courses and how they can increase student achievement are explained. Presenter: Rhonda Williams, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida

A27 Williams - Blended Algebra One.pptx



Integrating Seventh Grade Probability, Statistics, and Genetics                                              

This presentation gives a set of five lessons, aligned with both Mathematics Common Core and Science Next Generation Standards in probability, statistics, and genetics. The lessons include a discussion of the nature of probability. It uses models for chromosomes and investigates how parents and offspring share some physical characteristics. Presenter: Steven Blumsack, FCR-STEM, Florida State University

A28-1 Blumsack - Integrating Probability, Statistics and Genetics in Grade 7.pptx

Related presentation materials: Genetic Worksheet; Chromosome Sheet; Which Bag Is It?

A28-2 Blumsack - GENETIC WORKSHEET FOR PRESENTATION.docx; A28-3 Blumsack - CHROMOSOME SHEET.xlsx; A28-4 Blumsack - Which Bag is it.docx


Engineering in the Elementary School

Discover how Douglas Jamerson Elementary School, Center for Mathematics & Engineering, provides hands-on, minds-on science education by incorporating engineering concepts and practices. Participate in a mini-design challenge using our unique Jamerson Design Process. Receive curriculum samples and tips on building curriculum, developing partnerships, and preparing students for a future in a science or engineering field. Presenters: Lukas Hefty and Deborah O’Hare, Pinellas County Public Schools

A29 Hefty & O'Hare - Engineering in the Elementary School.pptx



Using Argument Driven Inquiry in Middle Schools

This presentation engages participants in an argument focused activity to show how laboratory instruction occurs using the Argument Driven Inquiry (ADI) model. It includes research results from an ongoing study to demonstrate the benefits of ADI in comparison to more traditional laboratory instruction. Presenter: Patrick Enderle, FCR-STEM, Florida State University

A35 Enderle - Argumentation in Middle & High School Science.pptx


FIRST in STEM Education

FIRST gives K-12 students “FIRST hand” experience working with scientists, engineers, and technicians serving as mentors and coaches in a collaborative, professional environment. The real-world experiences and the relationships students form within the science, engineering and technology community richly supplement and deepen learning in meaningful and enduring ways, enhancing classroom experiences. FIRST programs are sequentially progressive, affordable with significant funding availability, standards-aligned, research-based, and proven to enhance student academic and workforce success. This presentation provides an overview of FIRST and share examples of both classroom and after-school implementation from schools in the Tampa Bay area and around Florida. Presenter: Teresa Willingham, FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology

A38 Willingham - Why FIRST in Florida-compressed.pdf


Keynote: Dr. Walter Secada, University of Miami

The NRC Science Framework underpinning the Common Core Science Standards

Walter G. Secada is Professor of Teaching and Learning and Senior Associate Dean at the University of Miami’s School of Education and Human Development. A member of the National Research Council Committee that wrote the Framework for the Common Core Science Standards, Professor Secada worked with Okhee Lee and Randy Penfield on the original P-SELL (Promoting Science among English Language Learners in a High-Stakes Testing Environment). Currently, he is working with colleagues and the Broward County Public Schools on the development of English Language Learners’ mathematics-academic language; also, he is collaborating with FSU’s Robert Schoen and UCF’s Juli Dixon on a third-party evaluation of a large-scale replication/efficacy study of the primary grades professional development program known as Cognitively Guided Instruction.

A - Secada - Keynote - NRC framework.pptx


Argument Driven Inquiry in High School Science Classrooms

Participants will engage in an argument-focused activity to understand how laboratory instruction occurs using the Argument Driven Inquiry model. Research results from an ongoing study will be presented to demonstrate the benefits of ADI in comparison to more traditional laboratory instruction. Presenter: Jonathon Grooms, FCR-STEM, Florida State University

B12 Grooms - Argumentation in Middle & High School Science.pptx


An Overview of Florida’s New K-3 Math Formative Assessment System

Formative assessment, a process used by teachers and students during instruction to improve teaching and learning, is introduced, followed by an overview and discussion of Florida’s K-3 Mathematics Formative Assessment System for the Common Core State Standards (K-3 MFAS–CCSS). Evidence of the effects on early mathematics learning from two studies conducted in Florida is shared. Current work on the K-3 MFAS–CCSS and plans for expansion in grades 4–8 are described. Presenters: Laura Lang and Mark LaVenia, FCR-STEM, Florida State University

B13 Lang & LaVenia - An Overview of Florida_s New K-3 Math Formative Assessment System.pptx


Exploring CPALMS Online Learning Community

Presenters explain the CPALMS Charter, an online learning community designed to engage teachers in the latest online communication technology. Teachers have access to vetted lesson plans, videos of best practices, and digital lesson studies in the areas of science and mathematics. Teachers and school leaders have the opportunity to collaborate with others from around the state and glean fresh ideas and resources designed to enhance the teaching process. Presenters: Lynn Wicker and Michelle Kendrick, Florida State University Developmental Research School

B14 Wicker & Kendrick - Exploring CPALMS Online Learning Community.ppt


STEM Education in the Virtual World

You've heard about emerging STEM educational technologies, but now is your opportunity to experience what STEM truly means at Florida Virtual School! Participants learn about the free STEM opportunities FLVS offers to all students in Florida and see how we are helping to close the achievement gap and gender gap in the STEM fields. Initiatives and strategies that excite students about STEM-related careers are showcased. Finally, participants get an insider’s view of online curriculum development for the 21st century learner. Participants gain insight needed to incorporate blended learning tools into STEM Education in their own schools. Presenters: Janna Peskett and Miranda Bacha, Florida Virtual School


CPALMS Perspectives: Standards-based Video Resources

The CPALMS Perspectives initiative produces and provides videos aligned with the standards for educational use and K-12 teacher professional development. Brief videos showcase experts providing academic explanations of content, teachers demonstrating classroom approaches, professionals explaining how skills and content appear in their work, and enthusiasts describing practical mathematics and science related to their interests. The videos may be used for developing teaching ideas and aiding professional development or may be incorporated into lesson plans for viewing by students in the classroom. Presenters: Adam Santone and Tabinda Syed, FCR-STEM, Florida State University

B22 Santone & Syed - CPALMS Perspectives - Standards-based Video Resources.pptx


MFAS Lesson Study Toolkits: Supporting K-3 Teachers in the Transition to the Common Core

Lesson study is a collaborative, self-directed form of professional development.  As part of the Math Formative Assessment System project, 18 freely available, interactive, on-line lesson study toolkits aligned to the Common Core standards (kindergarten–grade 3) were developed in collaboration with teachers from Polk and Pinellas counties. These toolkits guide teachers through the stages of lesson study as they transition to the Common Core standards.  In this presentation, one of these toolkits is featured as participants are introduced to the stages of lesson study. Presenters: Maureen Oberlin, FCR-STEM, Florida State University, and Michael Anderson, Pinellas County Public Schools

B23 Oberlin & Anderson - MFAS Lesson Study Toolkits - Supporting K-3 Teachers in the Transition to the Common Core.pdf


A Brief Overview of Florida’s Geology

Florida lacks significant topographic relief, leading many to think the geologic history of our state was uneventful. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Florida’s limestone bedrock has been slowly dissolving for many millions of years. As a result of this chemical weathering Florida has an amazing karst landscape that includes one of the highest concentrations of springs in the world, uncountable sinkholes, numerous caves, both air and water filled, along with many other features. Our state produces numerous rock and mineral resources, including the bulk of the nation’s phosphate. Florida also sits atop one of the largest and most productive freshwater aquifers in the world. These and many other interesting facts regarding Florida’s fascinating geological history are discussed in this presentation. Presenter: Harley Means, Florida Geological Survey

B25 Means - A Brief Overview of Florida's Geology.pptx



The 8 Mathematical Practices: “For Adults Only”

The presentation is a creative, highly engaging introductory set of activities designed to acquaint non-math K-12 administrators, faculty and parents with the labels for the Common Core eight Mathematical Practices. Through group activities and discussion, participants explore globally what the Mathematical Practices are about. Consider this the hook activity that can lead to ongoing study of the practices in schools. Presenters: Laurel Rotter and Rose Mack, Pinellas County Public Schools

B28 Rotter & Mack - The 8 Mathematical Practices _For Adults Only.pptx



Keynote: Dr. Lee Meadows, University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Missing Link: Inquiry Helps Resistant Students Learn Evolution

Lee Meadows, Ph.D., is a science educator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A teacher at heart, he has taught high school chemistry, physics, and physical science and college chemistry, general teaching methods, and science methods. In his UAB work, he focuses on science teacher preparation and science education reform. In teaching, he guides teachers to build their skills for teaching inquiry-based science so that students develop deep understandings of science they can apply to everyday life. In reform, he works to build support for science teachers and is particularly interested in building strong K-12 school science programs. He’s the author of The Missing Link: An Inquiry Based Approach for Teaching Evolution to All Students.


STEM Lessons Made Easy

It’s easy to develop great STEM Lessons by simply adding parameters to existing science demonstrations. The following elements of exemplary STEM Lessons are discussed: scientific inquiry processes, manipulation of variables, measurement, data collection, data analysis, predictions formulated from data trends, conclusions drawn from evidence, expository writing, presentation of findings, and collaborative/cooperative skills. A hands-on lesson demonstrates the recursive process of STEM instruction including the design of a solution, testing, data analysis, the drawing of conclusions, and the formulation of additional testing ideas. Additional STEM Lessons are provided. Presenter: Maggie Wentworth, Bay County Public Schools

B31 Wentworth - STEM LESSONS Made Easy.ppt


Related presentation materials: Elastic Energy System Lesson; Elastic Potential Energy Student Lab Sheet

B31 Wentworth - Elastic Energy System Lesson.pdf; B31 Wentworth - Elastic Potential Energy Student Lab Sheet.pdf


Exploring Florida’s Amazing Fossils

Florida's fossil deposits are some of the most studied and celebrated in the world. Some of Florida's fossil shell deposits are among the most abundant and diverse fossil assemblages known on the planet! Why does Florida contain such a wealth of fossil material and what does it tell us about past climate and ecology? Understanding the relationships between fossils and past climate gives teachers another perspective from which to teach about climate change, extinction, evolution, and the geological processes responsible for fossilization. It also gives Florida teachers a local vantage point on topics that are global in perspective. Presenter: Harley Means, Florida Geological Survey

B32 Means - Exploring Florida's Amazing Fossils.pptx



Florida’s Math Formative Assessment System: Making It Work in the Classroom

Integrating mathematics formative assessment into everyday instruction can represent a significant departure from current practice in the elementary classroom. The challenges teachers in several Florida counties faced when adopting this approach are highlighted and discussed. Includes suggestions from the classroom for successful implementation. Presenters: Laura Lang, FCR-STEM, Florida State University, and Michelle Robinson, Trisha Ball, Vicki Coats, and Kimberly Vose, Seminole County Public Schools

B33 Lang, Robinson, et al. - MFAS - Making It Work in the Classroom.pptx


Unpacking and Mapping the Common Core State Standards Using CPALMS Tools

Are you hungry for tools to help you dig into the Common Core standards for professional development and instructional planning? Discover how CPALMS tools can help you unpack the Common Core math standards and uncover progressions in the standards using the CPALMS Unpacking Tool and the CPALMS Progression Mapping Tool. Participants also view preliminary unpacked standards and progression maps produced using the CPALMS tools during the summer of 2012. Presenters: Robert Lengacher, Adam Santone, and Michael Green, FCR–STEM, Florida State University

B34 Lengacher, Santone, & Green - Unpacking and Mapping the Common Core State Standards Using CPALMS Tools.pptx



Data Analysis Made Easy: TI-NSpire and DataQuest


This workshop offers ideas to move from the typical teacher-led classroom to one that focuses on problem-solving and exploratory learning. The combination of TI-Nspire’s new operating system with Vernier’s DataQuest helps maximize class time and provide opportunities for engaging inquiry and discussion. When used with the TI-Nspire™ Lab Cradle, you can use one sensor at a time or multiple sensors simultaneously for lab-based or in-the-field data collection to quickly collect and analyze data. A number of Vernier probes are made available to explore this integrated solution and opportunities will exist to share on how to adapt currently used labs. Presenter: Karlheinz Haas, St. Lucie County Public Schools

B35 Haas - Data Analysis Made Easy - TI-NSpire and DataQuest.pptx


EOC Review: Self-Guided Review Websites for Students in Algebra, Geometry and Biology

This presentation covers how to navigate and use the new End of Course Exam Review websites for Algebra, Geometry and Biology. Websites include instructional videos, sample questions, and links to resources for students to use when reviewing for the EOC Exams. Participants learn how to contribute resources to the websites so that all Florida students can benefit from the great things we are doing in each county to prepare for the EOC Exams. Presenters: Sheila Montgomery and Cheyenna Novotny, Escambia County Public Schools 

B36 Montgomery & Novotny - EOC website Flyer.pptx


Finding the Earth-Sun Distance Using Observations of the Transit of Venus

Every school child learns that the Earth-Sun distance is 93 million miles. Determining this distance was a formidable challenge to the best scientists and mathematicians of the 18th and 19th centuries. This presentation uses the 2012 Transit of Venus as an opportunity to work through the mathematics to calculate the Earth-Sun distance. The only tools needed are basic knowledge of geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. This interdisciplinary lesson lies at the intersection of history, science, and mathematics. Presenters: Andreas Howell and Steven Blumsack, FCR-STEM, Florida State University

B41 Howell & Blumsack - Transit of Venus.pptx


Hurricane Intensity: What Role Does the Ocean Play?

The simple observation that hurricanes do not occur in Kansas demonstrates that oceans are important to hurricane formation and intensification. However, a full understanding of the oceans role in fueling storms and in dissipating their energy has remained elusive. This has likely been one of the significant reasons for a lack of improvement in hurricane intensity forecasts over the last 20 years. This presentation discusses recent research on the transfers of heat and momentum at the ocean surface and the current state of knowledge on air-sea interaction in hurricanes. Includes promising directions for future research. Presenter: Brian Haus, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami

B42 Haus - Hurricane Intensity.pptx



Model-Eliciting Activities: Applying Engineering Principles to Science and Mathematics

Model-Eliciting Activities are open-ended, problem-based, interdisciplinary lesson plans (e.g., science, math, English/language arts) with an engineering context that ask students to create solutions in the form of mathematical and scientific models. These engaging problems encourage students to utilize a variety of skills including critically reading texts, applying problem-solving strategies, working mathematically, and communicating effectively with teammates to arrive at a solution, or model. In this hands-on session, participants will learn the basics of Model-Eliciting Activities and then the whole group will work to create components of an activity for publication on CPALMS. Presenters:  Melissa Dyehouse and Adam Santone, FCR-STEM, Florida State University

B44 Dyehouse & Santone - Model-Eliciting Activities - Applying Engineering Principles to Science and Mathematics.pptx



Broward County STEMcasts

Join Broward County Public Schools' Math Team as it uses STEMcasts to guide the work of K-12 Professional Learning Communities through the transition to Common Core State Standards and their connection to the Marzano Instructional Framework. Participants gain a deeper understanding of how to engage their students through the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice, how to implement the standards as related to the Marzano Instructional Framework, and what resources are available for Common Core implementation. Presenters: Barbara Perez, Guy Barmoha, and James Chinn, Broward County Public Schools

B47 Perez, Barmoha, & Chinn - Broward County STEMcasts.docx



Student Engagement in the Science Classroom

Transforming your students from passive listeners into active participants enhances student learning. Engaging students in the classroom also allows students to practice important process skills that workforce developers are seeking. This presentation gives participants a first-hand experience in an inquiry-based classroom and offers tips and techniques for engaging students. Some effective models are demonstrated through videos. Includes data on the effectiveness of the model. Presenter: Laura Frost, Whitaker Center for STEM Education, Florida Gulf Coast University

C11 Frost - Student Engagement in the Science Classroom.pdf


Becoming an iCPALMS Expert: An Introduction to the iCPALMS Apps and Customizing your iCPALMS Experience

This session introduces the new apps for iCPALMS, which allows users to customize their teaching experience through free, high quality, standards-aligned resources that are relevant to their subject areas and grade levels. Participants create individual iCPALMS accounts and work with the presenters to customize their account features to their instructional needs. The presenters demo the new tools and support participants’ use of the Visualizer app, the My Planner (CMAP) app, and the My Resources App. Presenters: Meghan Hauptli, Michael Green, and Christine Tarver, FCR-STEM, Florida State University 

C14 Hauptli, Green, & Tarver - Becoming an iCPALMS Expert.pptx             


Teaching Biodiversity and Tree-Thinking

Understanding the diversity of life and how organisms are related to each other are central to biological knowledge. Research has shown that misconceptions about relationships and how they are represented (as evolutionary trees or phylogenies) predominate among both students and teachers. Activity modules are presented that utilize no-cost resources — the Tree of Life website and the Java-script software Mesquite — to increase familiarity with and understanding of the diversity of life, to read and interpret evolutionary trees, understand classification, and understand basic phylogenic methods. The activities are interactive, highly engaging, and easily modified for a broad range of grade-levels. Presenter: Scott Steppan, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University

C17 Steppan Tree-thinking.ppt

Related presentation materials: Tree of Life Activity; Tree Thinking with Mesquite Activity

C17 Tree of Life; C17 Tree thinking with Mesquite


Camp STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Music … Inspiring Mathematical Futures

This presentation is about the creation and coordination of Camp STEAM for the past two summers at one of Pinellas County’s lowest performing middle schools. Funded primarily by Title I dollars, the camp was open to any interested student. With participation from the school’s math teachers, the 12-day camp included sessions with hands-on activities infusing math with art, music, and science. Students were introduced to graphing calculators and numerous guest speakers from the engineering, medical, and financial fields. They also went on field trips to the Dali Museum and Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Presenter: Suzanne Hedberg, Pinellas County Public Schools

C18 Hedberg - Camp STEAM.ppt

Florida’s Interim Assessment Bank and Test Platform

This session will provide educators with information on Florida’s statewide Item Bank and Test Platform. Participants will explore the features of the Item Bank and Test Platform and its potential as a resource for developing high-quality, standards-based assessments for classroom use by mathematics and science teachers. Presenter: Sally Sanders, Florida Department of Education

C26 Sanders - Florida's Interim Assessment Bank and Test Platform.pptx


25 Apps that REALLY Work in the Elementary STEM Classroom

Thousands of apps are out there, but how do you find the very best? This session explores 25 kid-tested and teacher-vetted apps our district uses in our elementary school STEM classrooms. All are either free or low cost and align to STEM initiatives. These apps have proven to be engaging and easy to use. Techniques for locating, evaluating, and purchasing apps are discussed. Presenters: Martha Green and Jonathan Woofter, Collier County Public Schools

C27 Green & Woofter - 25 Apps that REALLY Work in the Elementary STEM Classroom.xlsx



Keynote: Dr. Catherine Lewis, Mills College

What is Lesson Study and How Can It Support the Common Core Standards?

Catherine Lewis is a distinguished research scholar at Mills College, where she directs two federally funded studies of “lesson study”– a collaborative, teacher-led approach to improving instruction. She recently completed a randomized, controlled trial showing a significant impact of lesson study with mathematical resources on teachers’ and students’ mathematical knowledge.  Her writings and videotapes, including Lesson Study Step by Step: How Teacher Learning Communities Improve Instruction and Can You Lift 100 Kilograms?, have introduced lesson study to educators on four continents. Dr. Lewis speaks and reads Japanese and is the author of more than 40 publications on elementary education and child development, including the award-winning book Educating Hearts and Minds: Reflections on Japanese Preschool and Elementary Education (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

C - Keynote - Catherine Lewis.ppt