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Leading Teacher Profile: Derek Pope

A high school math teacher brings an intensive collaboration model from Japan to New York

While he teaches high school math on Long Island, Derek Pope brings lessons learned from Japan into his classroom every day.

Pope, who took a two-week trip to focus on how Japanese teachers engage in lesson study—an intensive structure for teaching collaboration that includes planning, observation, and critiques, admits he was initially skeptical that the demanding time requirements of the model made sense for him and his colleagues. But the trip, sponsored by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) and his school district, opened his eyes.

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