About Jennifer M. Lewis

Dr. Jennifer Lewis is an associate professor of mathematics education at Wayne State University. Her research focuses on teacher learning in urban settings and on learning from and building systemic efforts in high-poverty schools. She also investigates how mathematics teachers are trained in high-performing school systems in countries such as Japan and Finland. Before earning her PhD at the University of Michigan, Jenny taught elementary and middle school in Oakland, California for ten years.

She is the founding director of TeachDETROIT, an urban teacher residency program that prepares teachers for work in Detroit schools, with a special emphasis on preparation for working with children of color living in poverty.

She brings her experience in Japan to her work with teachers in Detroit in a modified form of Japanese professional development.

Past Teacher Forums:

  • 2017 - What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good
  • 2016 - Coercion in the Classroom, with Alfie Kohn
  • 2015 - Interpretive Discussion: Engaging Students in Text-Based Conversations, with Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon
  • 2014 - The Moral Dilemmas of Teaching - Small Moments that Matter, with Anna Richert
  • 2013 - Silence in the Classroom, with Kathy Schultz
  • 2012 - Seeing Learning, with Steve Seidel
  • 2011 - Cultivating an Ethic of Excellence in Schools, with Ron Berger
  • 2010 - Collaborative Learning in the Classroom: Awaken the Joy of Interpreting Texts, with Orit Kent
  • 2009 - Accountable Talk: Classroom Conversations that Promote Learning, with Sarah Michaels


Jennifer Lewis

Jennifer Lewis

Lesson Study: Experiencing Practice-Based Professional Development

Sunday, March 11, 2018

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis University

  • What are the components of lesson study?
  • How does lesson study help educators improve teaching and student outcomes?
  • How can lesson study be adapted for different schools?

Join us for a day of lesson study, a form of professional development for teachers originating in Japan and now practiced worldwide. Participants will take part in a live “research lesson,” including the opportunity to observe children learning in a collaboratively designed lesson, followed by an analysis of the lesson and a discussion about the practice of lesson study. 

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The Teacher Forum is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Check back for registration details.


Suggested Readings: 
Fernandez, Clea (2002). "Learning From Japanese Approaches to Professional Development: The Case of Lesson Study.Journal of Teacher Education, Vol. 53, No. 5, Nov/Dec 2002. 393-405.

Lewis, Catherine C. and Ineko Tsuchida (1998). "A Lesson is Like a Swiftly Flowing River.American Educator, Winter 1998. 12-17, 50-51.

Each year the Mandel Center Teacher Forum brings educators together to explore central ideas in teaching and learning.

The 2018 Teacher Forum is co-sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education and the Delet Alumni Network (DAN).