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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

University of Michigan


Total cost of 17 trips: $14,421.24


Traveler: Kimberly Teehee (from the office of Dale Kildee)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: PANELIST FOR INDIAN LAW DAY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $360.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Chock (from the office of Daniel Inouye)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: GAVE SPEECH REGARDING RICE V. CAYETANO TO LAW STUDENTS
Date: Apr 11, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,123.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: AUBURN HILLS, MI
Purpose: SPRING BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING (CONG. LANTOS IS A BOARD MEMBER)
Date: May 8, 2000
Expense: $545.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Sawyer (from the office of Thomas Sawyer)
Destination: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY EVENT
Date: Jan 15, 2001
Expense: $659.00
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL-DETROIT-DC
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Mar 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,158.50
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN U OF M BUSINESS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Date: May 4, 2001
Expense: $1,149.63
source

Traveler: Julianne Gade (from the office of Joseph Knollenberg)
Destination: MICHIGAN
Purpose: TOUR MICHIGAN RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES (3)
Date: Aug 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,268.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD-ANN ARBOR, MI-NEW YORK, NY-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE FALL BOARD MEETING
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,353.26
source

Traveler: Michael Zamore (from the office of Patrick Kennedy)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT MEETING
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,211.98
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: MEMPHIS, TN-DETROIT, MI-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SPEECH TO GRADUATING CLASS ON NATIONAL PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,090.50
source

Traveler: John Buckley (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: ARM HARBOR
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON TAXATION OF FINANCING PRODUCT
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: DETROIT, MI
Purpose: BOARD MEETING OF WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE
Date: Nov 30, 2004
Expense: $925.29
source

Traveler: John Ford (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: SPEECH AT BIOTECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM
Date: Feb 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $488.79
source

Traveler: Ned Newland (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: CORPORATE TAX SEMINAR
Date: May 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $280.41
source

Traveler: John Navratil (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: ANN ARBOR
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CORPORATE TAX POLICY
Date: May 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $535.40
source

Traveler: David Lenter (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON CORPORATE TAX
Date: May 5, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $490.40
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: BOARD MEETING OF THE WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $732.08
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