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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

Providian Financial Corporation


Total cost of 12 trips: $26,858.43


Traveler: Glen Tait (from the office of Michael Crapo)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: CREDIT CARD BANKING COMMITTEE ISSUES
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,487.00
source

Traveler: Greg Davis (from the office of Charles Gonzalez)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,763.43
source

Traveler: Lisa Mortier (from the office of Richard Baker)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,717.00
source

Traveler: Kerry Ann Hickey (from the office of Peter King)
Destination:
Purpose:
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,694.00
source

Traveler: Sean Petersen (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,044.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Casey (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination:
Purpose: BUSINESS - LEARN ABOUT CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,178.00
source

Traveler: Elan Liang (from the office of Pete Sessions)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT FINANCIAL SERVICES & CREDIT CARD OPERATIONS
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
source

Traveler: Steve Patterson (from the office of Jim Bunning)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: U.S.A. PROVIDING FINANCIAL CORP'S HANDYWORKERS AND LOGIN ABOUT THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,275.00
source

Traveler: Mike Mckay (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: NEW YORK -PHOENIX, AZ-SAN FRANCISCO-ST. LOUIS-NYC/KENNEDY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING - EDUCATIONAL ISSUES.
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
source

Traveler: Donald Auerbach (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose:
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Mcdaniels (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: ST LOUIS TO SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON CREDIT/BANKING ISSUES
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
source

Traveler: Sandy Sussman (from the office of Frank Mascara)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO - PROVIDRAN TRIP
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THE CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
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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