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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Ashleigh Dela Torre


Total cost of 6 trips: $7,197.06


Trips traveled under the office of Pat Roberts

Destination: SANTA FE, NM
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: LEARN OF THE ISSUES FACING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES IN REMOTE SERVICE TERRITORIES
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE AND LEXINGTON, KY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: TO SEE FIRST HAND THE ISSUES AFFECTING AGRICULTURE SUCH AS MIGRANT WORKER LAWS, QUOTES ON PRODUCTION, GOVERNMENT PAYMENTS & CROP DIVERSTIFICATION
Date: Aug 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $459.05
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, KANSAS AND CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILROAD'S OPERATIONS/FREIGHT YARDS IN KANSAS CITY AND CHICAGO
Date: Mar 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,914.16
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY KS AND MO
Sponsor: Kansas City Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON FEDERAL INVESTMENT PRIORITIES FOR THE REGION, INCLUDING TRANSPORTATION ISSUES
Date: May 23, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $881.85
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING THE AVIATION INDUSTRY AT CENTERS CONFERENCE, SUCH AS RESTRUCTING, FINANCING TAX INCENTIVES AND SECURITY CONCERNS
Date: Jul 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,180.00
source

Destination: TAMPA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: TO ATTEND A LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON AVIATION SAFELY ENTITLED "LEARNING FROM DISASTER: AN INSIDE LOOK AT AVIATION ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION AND ITS LINK TO IMPROVES SAFELY."
Date: Feb 19, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,362.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ashleigh Dela Torre.


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