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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

American Academy of Actuaries


Total cost of 10 trips: $17,681.80


Traveler: Stephen Bailey (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS WITH INSURANCE INDUSTRY LEADERS AND THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
Date: May 3, 2002
Expense: $415.00
source

Traveler: Joshua Saltzman (from the office of Edward Royce)
Destination: MET WITH AMERICAN ACAD. OF ACTUARIES AND NY STATE INSURANCE COMM.
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT TERRORISM INSURANCE, OPTIONAL FEDERAL CHARTER, & C.
Date: May 3, 2002
Expense: $935.00
source

Traveler: R Kevin Cain (from the office of Johnny Isakson)
Destination: LUNCH WITH ACTVARIES, PRESENTATIONS ON INSURANCE COVERAGE, BRIEFING BY N.Y INSVANA OFFICE
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF FEDERAL CHARTER PROPOSALS AND TERRORISM INSURANCE COVERAGE
Date: May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $935.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Casey (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: NYC
Purpose: ISSUES BRIEFING FOR FIN SERVICES STAFF ON ACTUARY/ACCOUNTING ISSUES
Date: May 3, 2002
Expense: $935.00
source

Traveler: Donald Auerbach (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: POLICY SESSIONS WITH ACTUARIES AND NEW YORK STATE INSURANCE COMM.
Date: May 3, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $935.00
source

Traveler: Patrice Willoughby (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATION CONCERNING THE ROLE OF ACTUARIES, TERRORISM INSURANCE COVERAGE, AND ASSESSING RISK IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Date: May 3, 2002
Expense: $935.00
source

Traveler: Todd Harper (from the office of Paul Kanjorski)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFINGS ON INSURANCE AND ACTUARIAL ISSUES
Date: May 3, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $935.00
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Macdonald (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO DISCUSS INSURANCE RISK AND FEDERAL POLICY ISSUES RELATED TO HEALTH INSURANCE
Date: Dec 13, 2002
Expense: $975.00
source

Traveler: Lori Neal (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT INSURANCE AS IT RELATES TO HEALTH CARE POLICY
Date: Dec 13, 2002
Expense: $975.00
source

Traveler: Don Nickles (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: HAWAII
Purpose: SEMINAR AND CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $9,706.80
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