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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

Amistad America


Total cost of 15 trips: $27,979.39


Traveler: Bobby Scott (from the office of Bobby Scott)
Destination: DC TO MYSTIC CT TO NY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR FOR CBCF
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $954.49
source

Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,300.92
source

Traveler: Earl Hilliard (from the office of Earl Hilliard)
Destination: HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,792.10
source

Traveler: Elliot Ginsberg (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $930.58
source

Traveler: George Shevlin (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,564.44
source

Traveler: Holly Canevari (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,564.46
source

Traveler: John Larson (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEPORT AND HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,339.99
source

Traveler: Carrie Meek (from the office of Carrie Meek)
Destination: HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,969.59
source

Traveler: Donald Payne (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD, HARTFORT, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,239.36
source

Traveler: Eva Clayton (from the office of Eva Clayton)
Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD, AND HARTFORT, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,443.76
source

Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: MYSTIC CONNECTICUT
Purpose: REVISIT THE AMISTAD
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,794.36
source

Traveler: Andrea Martin (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD & HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,967.88
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD & HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,002.88
source

Traveler: Michael Elazier (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: MYSTIC SEA PORT, LEDYARD, HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,946.88
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: MYSTIC, CT
Purpose: LAUNCHING OF THE RECREATED FREEDOM SCHOONER AMISTAD
Date: Mar 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $167.70
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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