Invitation to the IMPULS-Lesson Study Alliance 2019 Lesson Study Immersion Program
Project IMPULS (International Math-teacher Professionalization Using Lesson Study) at Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan and Lesson Study Alliance, a non-profit corporation in Chicago, USA are offering an intensive Lesson Study Immersion Program in Japan in the summer of 2019. The program will run from June 18 (Tuesday) to June 27 (Thursday), 2019.

Project IMPULS-LSAlliance Lesson Study Immersion Program offers leaders of lesson study a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic mathematics Lesson Study in Japan. Participants will observe several mathematics lessons, developed through Lesson Study in elementary and secondary schools, and participate in live post-lesson discussions. All research lessons and post-lesson discussions will be simultaneously translated into English by experts of mathematics teaching and learning. In addition, participants will have opportunities to interact with teachers, students, and education professors from schools in Japan.

Tuition for the program is $3500 US, which includes the cost for the accommodations and local transportation during the program. Participants will be responsible for their own international airfare to Tokyo and local transportation between the airport and the hotel in Tokyo.

We can accept only a limited number of participants due to the constraints of live research lesson observation.
Interested individuals should complete the following application form by December 31, 2018. Based on the number of the application we may invite you to submit a formal application to the program.

Akihiko Takahashi, Ph.D.
President, Board of Directors
Lesson Study Alliance

If you have any questions, please address them to:

Thomas McDougal
Executive Director
Lesson Study Alliance
Email address *
Duration of the program
Here is the tentative schedule for the Lesson Study Immersion Program 2019.

6/17 Mon. Arrival
6/18 Tue. Workshop: Mathematics teaching and learning in Japan, and lesson study
6/19 Wed. Visiting an elementary or a lower secondary school
6/20 Thu. Visiting an elementary or a lower secondary school
6/21 Fri. Reflective seminar
6/22 Sat. Experiencing a cross-district Lesson Study open house.
6/23 Sun. Free. Explore Tokyo and surrounding areas to experience everyday life in Japan.
6/24 Mon. Visiting an elementary or a lower secondary school
6/25 Tue. Visiting an elementary or a lower secondary school
6/26 Wed. Visiting an elementary or a lower secondary school
6/27 Thu. Reflective seminar and farewell party
6/28 Fri. Departure
Conditions for participating the program
In order to maximize each participant’s learning for the program, the program requests that each participant contribute to the Project IMPULS-LSAlliance Lesson Study Immersion Program 2019 by doing the following:
1) Actively participating in the entire program schedule and providing reflections and feedback during reflective seminars;
2) Submitting assignments such as a reflective summary of a research lesson observation;
3) Writing a reflective journal about mathematics teaching and learning in Japan and about Japanese Lesson Study, due by July 31, 2019, for possible inclusion in our newsletter and on the IMPULS website. (The length of the journal should be about 1000 to 2000 words in English.)
Procedure for application, selection, and payments
1) Submit the application documents by December 31, 2018 using the following link
2) Notice for acceptance by January 31, 2019.
3) Pay the non-refundable deposit of 500 USD by February 15, 2019, by check, purchase order, or credit card.
- Mail checks or purchase orders to: Lesson Study Alliance, 4801 S. Kenwood Ave., Chicago IL 60615-2015
- Email purchase orders to Lesson Study Alliance <>
- Pay on-line by credit card at
4) Purchase your air ticket round trip to Tokyo (either NRT or HND) and send us the travel information by March 31, 2019.
5) Complete the tuition payment, 3000 USD, by May 31, 2019. See check and invoice payment instructions in #3 above; credit card payments can be made on-line at
What is included in the tuition
• hotel accommodations with breakfast at the Hotel Mets Kokubunji in Kokubunji, Tokyo
• hotel lodging with breakfast at other hotels as needed for visits to schools outside Tokyo
• all local transportation during the program
• English translation of lesson plans
• simultaneous translation during lessons and post-lesson discussions by experienced bilingual mathematics educators

In addition, the program will invite you to some dinners, including a welcome reception and a farewell party.

Please understand that the program can provide rooms and charter transportation for program participants only. Hotel rates in Japan are typically per person and NOT per room. If you plan to bring a companion, please let us know when you accept this invitation. In this case, you will need to arrange and pay for all hotels and transportation. Neither Project IMPULS nor Lesson Study Alliance can provide any assistance for arranging travel for your companion. Thank you for your understanding.
Application Form
Name *
Email *
Please make sure to provide a valid e-mail address for future communication before/during/after the program.
Organization *
Current role (e.g. "grade 3 teacher", "district math coach")
The name of the person who supports your application *
How many years of teaching experience do you have (and at what grades)? What other educational positions have you held, if any? *
Please describe any prior experience you have had with lesson study. Note any research lessons you have taught. *
Please explain what you hope to gain from the IMPULS-LSAlliance Lesson Study Immersion Program, and how you expect to apply what you learn. For example, how might you or your school/district be well-positioned to use and spread knowledge about mathematics instruction and lesson study? *
Funding source for the tuition *
Funding source for the travel *
The program uses this information for room arrangements in case the program uses a Japanese traditional inn, in which multiple persons would share a room with tatami mats.
Dietary restrictions *
Would you like to request a non-smoking hotel room or a smoking hotel room? *
I understand all the requirements and conditions of the program. *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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