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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

World Wildlife Fund


Total cost of 8 trips: $27,881.36


Traveler: Thomas Burris (from the office of Lindsey Graham)
Destination: KENYA, AFRICA
Purpose: TO FAMILIARIZE AND EDUCATE THE DELEGATION OF THE CRITICAL ROLE CONSERVATION PLAYS IN PROMOTING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR THE US AND OTHER COUNTRIES
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,602.92
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Greer (from the office of F. Allen Boyd)
Destination: KENYA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION CAUCUS
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $3,602.92
source

Traveler: Ray Smith (from the office of Ander Crenshaw)
Destination: KENYA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION ISSUES
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $2,547.92
source

Traveler: Christine Pollack (from the office of E. Clay Shaw)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC (DULLES) TO NAIROBI, KENYA (VIA LONDON, ENGLAND). IN KENYA: CHYULU HILLS, AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK, KIUNGA MARINE NATIONAL RESERVE, MASAI MARA
Purpose: OBSERVE VARIOUS CONSERVATION PROGRAMS AROUND KENYA AS LEAD STAFFER FOR CONGRESSMAN E. CLAY SHAW JR., WHO IS CO-CHAIR OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION CAUCUS
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $3,602.92
source

Traveler: Johanna Polsenberg (from the office of Tom Udall)
Destination: KENYA, AFRICA
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $3,602.92
source

Traveler: Edward Burrier (from the office of Edward Royce)
Destination: NAIROBI, KENYA
Purpose: EXPLORE US SPONSORED CONSERVATION EFFORTS IN KENYA - PROJECTS SPONSORED BY WORLD WILDLIFE FUND AND USAID. EXPLORE REGIONAL SECURITY AND COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS IN EAST AFRICA. STUDY EFFECTS OF THE US STATE DEPARTMENT'S TRAVEL WARNING ON KENYA.
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $3,602.92
source

Traveler: Jesse Price (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: NAIROBI, KENYA
Purpose: TO VIEW LAND AND ANIMAL CONSERVATION AND STOW AND SHIP PROGRAMS FUNDED IN PART BY THE WWF AND TO OBSERVE THE IMPACTS OF THESE PROJECTS ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Date: Dec 4, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $3,715.92
source

Traveler: Rick Limardo (from the office of Ralph Regula)
Destination: NAIROBI, KENYA
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO CONSERVATION
Date: Dec 4, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $3,602.92
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