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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

Yale University


Total cost of 16 trips: $9,705.36


Traveler: Daniel Patrick Moynihan (from the office of Daniel Patrick Moynihan)
Destination: NEW HAVEN, CT
Purpose: RECIEVE HONORARY DEGREE
Date: May 21, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,710.00
source

Traveler: Daniel Patrick Moynihan (from the office of Daniel Patrick Moynihan)
Destination: NEW HAVEN, CT
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $840.84
source

Traveler: Peter Brookes (from the office of Benjamin Gilman)
Destination: YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN, CT
Purpose: GIVE LECTURE
Date: Dec 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $263.00
source

Traveler: Christi Harlan (from the office of Phil Gramm)
Destination: NEW HAVEN, CONN.
Purpose: SPEAK AT CAREER DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR ON CAPITOL HILL JOBS; MEET WITH STUDENTS, ONE ON ONE
Date: Feb 19, 2001
Expense: $418.93
source

Traveler: David Abremowitz (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT SYMPOSIUM
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $275.00
source

Traveler: Eleanor Holmes Norton (from the office of Eleanor Holmes Norton)
Destination: NEW HAVEN, CT
Purpose: TO DELIVER THE OPENING ADDRESS AT THE RACE, VALUES AND THE AMERICAN LEGAL PROCESS: A SCHOLAR WORKING CONFERENCE IN HONOR OF THE LEGACY OF THE HONORABLE A. LEON HIGGINBOTHAM, JR. DINNER.
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $410.58
source

Traveler: Barney Frank (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - NEW YORK - NEW HAVEN - BOSTON (AIR & RAIL)
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN JUDGE HIGGINBOTHAM CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $475.85
source

Traveler: Lynn Rivers (from the office of Lynn Rivers)
Destination: TEA, DINNER AND KEYNOTE SPEECH
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE SPEECH * YPU MEETING
Date: Mar 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $632.00
source

Traveler: Aaron Klein (from the office of Paul Sarbanes)
Destination: NEW HAVEN CONN TO WASHINGTON D.C.
Purpose: TO GIVE A LECTURE
Date: Mar 26, 2002
Expense: $155.00
source

Traveler: Vernon Ehlers (from the office of Vernon Ehlers)
Destination: YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN CT
Purpose: SPEAK AT MAJOR SYMPOSIUM
Date: May 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $964.00
source

Traveler: Keith Hand (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: NEW HAVEN, CONN.
Purpose: TO GIVE A PRESENTATION OF CHINESE LEGAL REFORM TO THE CHINA LAW CENTER AT YALE UNIVERSITY
Date: Oct 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $403.00
source

Traveler: David Dorsey (from the office of Edward Kennedy)
Destination: NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 8, 2004
Expense: $162.00
source

Traveler: Lois Capps (from the office of Lois Capps)
Destination: NEW HAVEN, CT
Purpose: SPEECH ON NURSING AND PUBLIC POLICY
Date: Jun 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,032.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: TETERBORO, NJ-NEW HAVEN, CT-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER AT ANNUAL HERBERT WALKER SERIES AT YALE UNIVERSITY
Date: Oct 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $935.19
source

Traveler: Portia Wu (from the office of Edward Kennedy)
Destination: D.C. & NEW HAVEN, CT
Purpose: TO SPEAK ON A PANEL AND MEET WITH STUDENTS ABOUT LABOR POLICY AND CAREERS ON CAPITOL HILL
Date: Apr 7, 2005
Expense: $334.00
source

Traveler: Eleanor Holmes Norton (from the office of Eleanor Holmes Norton)
Destination: HARTFORD, CO
Purpose: YALE UNIVERSITY CLASS DAY SPEAKER
Date: May 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $693.97
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