Who Should Manage These Tasks?
Schools in Japan typically have a Steering Committee to support School-wide Lesson Study, often consisting of representatives of each lesson study team (or grade band) and one or more instructional leaders. The Steering Committee handles the logistical and strategic planning listed in the previous section.
Some U.S. schools have also formed Steering Committees (either a new committee or an added function to an existing committee). In Japan, helping to build and lead successful School-wide Lesson Study is an important bona fide for consideration for the principalship.
While the site leader always has an important behind-the-scenes leadership role in school-wide Lesson Study, other educators can take responsibility for much of the ongoing management of school-wide Lesson Study. Successful approaches we have seen include management by: