Our Work

The Lesson Study Group at Mills College, established in 1999, collaborates with educators to improve classroom instruction, conducts research, and develops materials to support professional learning and classroom instruction.  Much of our work is focused on translating, adapting, and testing teaching and learning approaches from Japan.

The materials and information on this website represent the work of thousands of educators in Japan and the US. We regret that we cannot acknowledge all of them by name.

Our Team

Shelley Friedkin

Sr. Research Associate

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Julie McGrew

Budget Manager

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Our Co-Investigators

Akihiko Takahashi

DePaul University

Tad Watanabe

Kennesaw State University


Our Site Collaborators

Our Funders

We are grateful to the above funding agencies for their support of the work represented in this website. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funding agencies.