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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.

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

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Trips sponsored by

AT&T Corporation


Total cost of 20 trips: $25,421.97


Traveler: Rudy Brioche (from the office of Frank Lautenberg)
Destination: BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: TRIP TO AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jun 29, 2000
Expense: $705.45
source

Traveler: Andrew Givens (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY; NEW YORK, NEW YORK; BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: AT&T CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO TOUR AT&T LABS AND NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER AND ASSOCIATED BRIEFINGS
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Lisa Sutherland (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY; NEW YORK, NEW YORK; AND BEDMINSTER, N.J.
Purpose: AT&T CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO TOUR AT&T LABS AND NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER AND ASSOCIATED BRIEFINGS
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Steven Wall (from the office of Trent Lott)
Destination: MIDDLETOWN NJ, NEW YORK NY, BEDMINSTER NJ
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP: VISIT AND TOUR AT&T LABS AND GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $520.00
source

Traveler: Bryan Jacobs (from the office of Barbara Cubin)
Destination: AT&T BELL LAB IN N.J. BOTH DAYS
Purpose: TOUR NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER/MEET CEO
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Nathaniel Wienecke (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: AT&T OPERATIONS CENTER, IV
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: SAN JOSE
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,867.00
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: WASHINGTON TO SAN JOSE, CA; SAN JOSE, CA TO COLUMBIA, SC
Purpose: INFORM ON TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $11,231.00
source

Traveler: Kerry Ann Watkins (from the office of Peter King)
Destination:
Purpose: SITE VISIT
Date: Oct 12, 2001
Expense: $262.00
source

Traveler: Matthew Larkin (from the office of Carolyn Mccarthy)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO WORLD TRADE CENTER DISASTER AREA
Date: Oct 12, 2001
Expense: $210.00
source

Traveler: Ven Neralla (from the office of Peter Defazio)
Destination: NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK AT&T RECOVERY TEAM OPERATIONS CENTER
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT AT&TS DISASTER RECOVERY PAST SEPT-TH
Date: Oct 12, 2001
Expense: $277.00
source

Traveler: Chris Mccannell (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: VISIT GROUND ZERO AND SEE TELECOMMUNICATIONS RE-BUILDING
Date: Oct 19, 2001
Expense: $277.00
source

Traveler: Charles Pickering (from the office of Charles Pickering)
Destination: WASHINGTON TO BEDMINSTER NJ
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Dec 3, 2001
Expense: $277.50
source

Traveler: Michael Chappell (from the office of Charles Pickering)
Destination: WASHINGTON TO BEDMINSTER NJ
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Dec 3, 2001
Expense: $277.50
source

Traveler: Rudy Brioche (from the office of Frank Lautenberg)
Destination: BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: VISIT AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.45
source

Traveler: Dana Lichtenberg (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BEDBBINSTER, NJ
Purpose: TOUR OF AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $706.24
source

Traveler: Michael Sozan (from the office of Bill Nelson)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK AND BEDMINSTER, NJ
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO VISIT AT&T FACILITIES
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $630.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Kugler (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE COMPETITIVE TELECOM LANDSCAPE WITH AT&T EXECUTIVES
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.45
source

Traveler: Michelle Dallafior (from the office of Ted Strickland)
Destination: WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT TO NY/NJ
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT IMPACT OF RECENT FCC REGULATIONS
Date: Jun 29, 2004
Expense: $704.93
source

Traveler: Melissa Shannon (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK, NY AND BEDMINSTER, NJ
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO AT&T'S GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jul 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.45
source



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