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Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

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  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

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    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball

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Trips sponsored by

Council on Foreign Relations


Total cost of 15 trips: $23,993.66


Traveler: Carl Levin (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: DEBATE ON NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE WITH ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE SENATE
Date: Feb 17, 2000
Expense: $259.90
source

Traveler: Thad Cochran (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 17, 2000
Expense: $97.00
source

Traveler: Gordon Smith (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE
Date: Oct 10, 2000
Expense: $609.40
source

Traveler: Richard Durbin (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: SAN JUAN
Purpose: ATTEND CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS 2000 ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,282.55
source

Traveler: Robert King (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SYMPOSIUM
Date: Feb 20, 2001
Expense: $111.00
source

Traveler: Stephen Kroll (from the office of Paul Sarbanes)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN LUNCHEON PROGRAM DISCUSSING TERRORISM, MONEY LAUNDERING, AND THE USA PATRIOT ACT
Date: Dec 4, 2001
Expense: $343.00
source

Traveler: Patricia Mcnerney (from the office of Jesse Helms)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: ATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS CONFERENCE: AMERICA AND EUROPE: AT A NEW CROSSROADS?
Date: Apr 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $892.00
source

Traveler: Norman Dicks (from the office of Norman Dicks)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CFR PANEL EVENT ON "BUSH'S DEFENSE POLICY PROPOSAL"
Date: May 13, 2002
Expense: $335.00
source

Traveler: Chuck Hagel (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS
Date: May 20, 2002
Expense: $567.50
source

Traveler: Richard Durbin (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO
Purpose: ATTEND THE ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 20, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $14,461.00
source

Traveler: David Olson (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A MEETING
Date: Dec 12, 2002
Expense: $235.00
source

Traveler: Chuck Hagel (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS
Date: Dec 16, 2002
Expense: $995.06
source

Traveler: Frederic Baron (from the office of Barbara Mikulski)
Destination: ISTANBUL AND ANKARA, TURKEY
Purpose: COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS ATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,450.00
source

Traveler: Chuck Hagel (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 11, 2004
Expense: $890.90
source

Traveler: Edward Levine (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL DISCUSSION OF "THE ATLANTIC STORM WAR GAME: LESSONS FOR SMALLPOX AND INFLUENZAA."
Date: Jun 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $464.35
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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball