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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

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    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 by*

Robert Cochran


Total cost of 20 trips: $63,336.49


Trips traveled under the office of Howard Mckeon

Destination: LOS ANGELES TO HUNTINGTON BEACH TO SEAL BEACH
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose: TOUR AND BRIEFING OF SPACE AND COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $419.71
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TOUR HI-TECH COMPANIES
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $779.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES TO PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: Education Finance Council
Purpose: SPEAKER AT THE STUDENT AID CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,584.69
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES PANEL
Date: Jul 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $232.84
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,458.51
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Association of Proprietary Colleges
Purpose: TOUR OF COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Date: Dec 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,303.30
source

Destination: LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Sallie Mae Inc
Purpose: SPEECH TO FINANCIAL AID DIRECTORS
Date: Jan 13, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $731.90
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Sallie Mae Inc
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER ON HIGHER ED ISSUES
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $612.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,090.00
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA TO NAPA VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: Wachovia Bank
Purpose: HIGHER EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,737.42
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY-ANKARA, TURKEY-ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH TURKISH AND ITALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, U.S. EMBASSY OFFICIALS, AND U.S. MILITARY OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS DEFENSE ISSUES AND THE ROLE OF U.S. BASED CONTRACTORS IN THOSE COUNTRIES
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $17,222.10
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES TO SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: NATIONAL COUNCIL OF HIGHER EDUCATION LOAN PROFESSIONALS
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: May 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $552.45
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $595.00
source

Destination: ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: American Association of Cosmetology Schools
Purpose: SPEAK ON HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $243.20
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: Education Finance Council
Purpose: SPEAK ON HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Nov 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $672.74
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SAN JOSE CABO, MEXICO-NORFOLK, VA
Sponsor: Career College Association
Purpose: SPEAKER ON HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Dec 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,367.37
source

Destination: NORFOLK, VA-TAMPA, FL-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Workforce Association (NWA)
Purpose: SERVED ON PANEL TO DISCUSS ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS
Date: Dec 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,257.90
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: DISCUSS HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $930.00
source

Destination: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA TO CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA, TO CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, TO SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: TO MEET AND DISCUSS UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE ISSUES WITH AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MEETINGS WITH U.S. EMBASSY OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 17, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $28,446.36
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Robert Cochran.


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