Thursday, January 12, 2012

Further Considering ROI

We saw on a post dated November 29, 2011 that the ROI for lesson study arguably delivers professional development for less money and fewer hours of lost instructional time. Now consider a second lesson study scenario:


Lesson Study implementation for 20 Teams (Based on actual costs for a sample district with onsite training):

Initial Facilitator Training:

Facilitator Training: $3,100 (fixed cost for up to 25 people)

Substitutes for Attendees: $150 x 20 = $3,000

Materials: $150 (Facilitator kits) x 20 = $3,000


Lesson Study Cycles (20 Teams of 5 people each meet for 3 times during the year):

Teacher Substitutes: $150 x 100 x 3 Cycles = $45,000

Facilitator Substitutes: $150 x 20 x 3 Cycles = $9,000

Materials (1 grade band kit for Facilitator and Teachers): $150 x 120 = $18,000 (This amount could be reduced by sharing materials across teams or eliminating these kits all together.)

Total Estimated Costs for this Lesson Study Scenario = $81,100 (or less with reduced or eliminated grade band kits)


Further consider, that for less than $82,000 (or even less), the widespread impact that this investment of would have on district improvement efforts or turning around a high school. Not to mention that the kits could be used for years to come and additional facilitators could be trained in-house without paying for outside consultants. Now that is return on investment!

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