Content Methods Laboratory Classes

Join teacher educators from around the country in person or virtually as we investigate the best ways to use the semester-long methods course. The next Content Methods Laboratory Classes will held in 2025.

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About the Laboratory Classes

Watch a teacher education methods course unfold under a microscope

Join us in person or virtually as we investigate the best ways to use the semester-long methods course. This year, TeachingWorks instructors will teach an excerpt of  a methods course to teacher candidates while you observe and discuss the class, and participate in an optional workshop. Participants who observe the class will be provided with the syllabus for the full class. The laboratory class instructors will introduce problems of practice for consideration in each daily pre- and post-class discussion, and will also invite participants to raise their own questions and ideas. This will allow for rich conversations about the design of practice-based courses, including what we have time to include in one semester. The methods laboratory class is designed to support the learning of all involved, particularly of the participating teacher candidates but also of participating teacher educators and the laboratory class instructors. The opportunities to consider what methods courses can do make this useful to instructors who teach methods courses in any subject.

Observe teacher education by experienced instructors

Observe teacher education by experienced instructors

Watch teacher preparation instruction unfold with teacher candidates in real-time, as the instructors lead lessons and respond and adapt in the moment to their students. TeachingWorks instructors will teach a three-hour daily methods course to teacher candidates while you observe and discuss the class with educators from across the country.

Engage with teacher education lesson plans and strategies

Engage with teacher education lesson plans and strategies

In daily “pre-brief” and debrief sessions with the instructional team, you’ll examine, discuss, and refine the day’s lesson plans and strategies for the instruction and review teacher candidate work. You’ll unpack decisions about what teaching practices, content topics, and issues related to advancing justice to address, what pedagogies to use, and how to assess candidates’ learning.

Hone your skill with practice-based instructional design

Hone your skill with practice-based instructional design

Join us for an optional workshop that accompanies each class to get hands-on support with practice-based instructional design. You’ll learn strategies for streamlining methods course content to focus more directly on practice, choosing focal high-leverage practices and high-leverage content topics, and grounding candidates’ learning in K-12 curriculum materials.

What will the laboratory classes enable us to see about using the power of teaching to create a more just society?

Although historical and systemic injustice is at the root of many educational disparities, we believe that it is primarily through interpersonal interactions that these structures make contact with the lives of students. Educators can act to interrupt the perpetuation of injustice by recognizing harms embedded in everyday practice and developing new ways of working that deliberately advance justice.  The content methods laboratory classes will enable teacher educators to see and analyze the many opportunities that teachers have to disrupt racialized patterns of practice that exclude and marginalize children. Participants will see how to integrate efforts to disrupt patterns of racism and oppression together with skillful teaching practice and deep subject matter work. The instructors will model specific ways of  building classroom cultures rooted in mutual respect and collective work as a context for developing a just society. Those observing the laboratory class will gain a clearer articulation of the relationship between academic subject matter, teaching practice, and creating a more just society, and how to prepare new teachers to make these connections in their practice.

Optional workshop:

Practice-Based Instructional Design for the Methods Course

We welcome participating teacher educators to join us in person or virtually for the optional workshop that accompanies each class. This year’s workshop is titled Practice-Based Instructional Design for the Methods Course. The workshop will offer strategies and hands-on support for designing and teaching a methods course that is directly focused on practice, choosing focal high-leverage practices and high-leverage content topics, and grounding candidates’ learning in K-12 curriculum materials. Participants are strongly encouraged to come with a current or planned methods course syllabus.


The fee for in-person or virtual observation of the methods laboratory classes and participation in the workshop  is $650 per person plus $9.95 processing fees. The fee for observation without the workshop is $500. The fee includes access to methods course materials (including lesson plans), course video, and materials for the workshop, and coffee and snacks. If you register a group of three or more participants you will receive a 10% discount on registration. Participants must register in a single transaction to receive this rate. Participants are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel to and from the Workshop, as well as for hotel accommodations.

  Click below to register and to see full event information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Contact Information

For questions about the sessions: Francesca Forzani, TeachingWorks Deputy Director,

For questions about registration  and policies: Kyana Taylor,


What is the content focus this year?

More details about the event, including program schedule, content focus, and members of the instructional team can be found here.


Our participating teacher candidates

Our teacher candidates will come from community colleges and teacher preparation programs in the Southeast Michigan area. Prospective teacher candidates apply for a spot in the course and are compensated for their time with a stipend. They understand that their class will be observed and know that they are enabling learning opportunities for teacher educators.


What is the refund policy?

TeachingWorks reserves the right to cancel in-person, virtual, or hybrid training or workshops before the start. TeachingWorks staff will notify participants of cancellation via e-mail. Participants will be eligible for a full refund of their registration fee. TeachingWorks will not be held responsible for any expenses incurred due to the cancellation of an event, training, or workshop.

To receive a full refund (100%) a request to cancel or withdraw must be completed 30 days prior to the first day of the event using the registration platform. For events that begin with a virtual opening session, the date of this session is the first day on record. Fifty percent (50%) will be refunded for requests received 15 days prior. No refunds will be issued for requests received within seven (7) business days of the first day of the event or failure to submit the required documentation required for participation. Registration processing fees are non-refundable.


Who should participate?

The laboratory methods classes and the accompanying workshop are open to anyone, and there are no prerequisites. Because both of these learning opportunities are narrowly focused on instructional questions, they are likely to be most useful to those who teach teachers directly.


What do I need to participate in the Content Methods Laboratory Classes?

A laptop or tablet is required for access to digital resources. Internet access is required to live-stream. No other supplies are required.


What are the requirements for participation?

All participants must attend the pre-class discussion every day that they observe a class. All observers must remain silent while observing the laboratory class. This event includes group work with other participants and teacher candidates, and early departure from the event affects the individual participant experience and the experience of other participants and teacher candidates. Excepting emergencies, please plan to stay for the entire event.


What is the dress attire for this event?

Business casual.


What are the COVID-19 protection measures that will be taken?

Your health and safety are important to us. We will evaluate appropriate COVID-19 precautions closer to the time of the event and communicate any requirements to attendees prior to the event


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