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!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Training Update

As the dust settles on the 2011 set of lesson study trainings, I thought you may be interested in the numbers. In 2010-2011, we trained 365 people from 56 Districts. In 2011-2012, we trained a little over 400 from 28 of the targeted 30 Districts. (These numbers also include FLDOE personnel, consortia representatives and others from around the state.) So with over 750 educators from all five regions of Florida with the material and training necessary to implement lesson study, we are ready!