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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

    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

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Trips sponsored by

Witness for Peace


Total cost of 11 trips: $21,184.00


Traveler: Jonathan Fremont (from the office of Cynthia Mckinney)
Destination: MIAMI, COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (12 days)
Expense: $1,925.00
source

Traveler: Christine Gleichert (from the office of Nick Rahall)
Destination:
Purpose: REVIEW AND ASSESS AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY IN COLOMBIA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Mark Aumann (from the office of Ron Kind)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: INVESTIGATE EFFECTS OF PLAN COLOMBIA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Gene Smith (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: BOGATA, COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: J Spencer Freebairn (from the office of Jerry Lewis)
Destination: BOGOTA AND POPAYAN, COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Joanne Warwick (from the office of John Conyers)
Destination: BUGOTA, COLUMBIA POPOYAN CAUCA, COLUMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Paul Brotherton (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: MEETINGS TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF U.S. POLICY IN COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN COLOMBIA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: James Smith (from the office of J.C. Watts)
Destination: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (PAPAYAS)
Purpose: EXPLORE SECURITY ISSUES IN COLOMBIA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Sarah Bones (from the office of Curt Weldon)
Destination: BOGOTA & POPAYAS, COLOMBIA
Purpose: EXAMINE NEED FOR U.S. AID TO COLOMBIA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Gash (from the office of Lane Evans)
Destination: BOGOTA & POPYAN, COLUMBIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING OF US FOREIGN POLICY IN COLUMBIA
Date: Sep 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Barwig (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: BOGOTA: MEDELLIN, COLUMBIA
Purpose: LABOR & ENVIRONMENTAL DELEGATION
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (10 days)
Expense: $2,060.00
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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