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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

ITKIB Association USA


Total cost of 9 trips: $69,159.44


Traveler: Thomas Tancredo (from the office of Thomas Tancredo)
Destination: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP-CAUCUS ON US TURKISH RELATIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $13,616.66
source

Traveler: Robert Wexler (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP-CAUCUS ON US TURKISH RELATIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $13,616.66
source

Traveler: Eric Johnson (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP-CAUCUS ON US-TURKISH RELATIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $5,233.50
source

Traveler: Jonathan Katz (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP-CAUCUS ON US-TURKISH RELATIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $5,233.50
source

Traveler: Kay Granger (from the office of Kay Granger)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO ISTANBUL, TURKEY TO DFW
Purpose: INAUGURAL VISIT BY TURKISH CAUCUS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $14,367.00
source

Traveler: James Moran (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: ISTANBUL - VIA NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: INAUGURAL VISIT BY TURKISH CAUCUS
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $4,565.50
source

Traveler: Johnnie Kaberle (from the office of Kay Granger)
Destination: WASHINGTON, N.Y., ISTANBUL
Purpose: INAUGURAL VISIT BY TURKISH CAUCUS
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,191.50
source

Traveler: Paula Sheil (from the office of Elton Gallegly)
Destination: ZAGREB, CROATIA - ISTANBUL, TURKEY - BODRUM, TURKEY - ISTANBUL, TURKEY - CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Purpose: DISCUSS U.S. - TURKEY TRADE AND COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP. DISCUSS JOINT U.S. - TURKEY COUNTER-TERRORISM EFFORTS. DISCUSS GENERAL ISSUES RELATED TO U.S.-TURKEY BI-LATERAL RELATIONSHIP
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,667.56
source

Traveler: Elton Gallegly (from the office of Elton Gallegly)
Destination: ZAGREB, CROATIA - ISTANBUL, TURKEY - BODRUM, TURKEY - ISTANBUL, TURKEY - CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Purpose: DISCUSS U.S. - TURKEY TRADE AND COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP. DISCUSS JOINT U.S. - TURKEY COUNTER-TERRORISM EFFORTS. DISCUSS GENERAL ISSUES RELATED TO U.S.-TURKEY BI-LATERAL RELATIONSHIP
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,667.56
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