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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

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    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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  • 08.27.15

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    "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*

Howard Diamond


Total cost of 13 trips: $48,681.87


Trips traveled under the office of Gary Ackerman

Destination: YEMEN
Sponsor: Thabet Group
Purpose: STUDY VISIT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,055.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: STUDY VISIT
Date: Nov 26, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $3,135.00
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: State of Qatar
Purpose: CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,835.00
source

Destination: SYRIA, SAUDI ARABIA, EGYPT, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $4,703.17
source

Destination: MEETINGS IN CAIRO, ONE DAY IN LUXOR AT US AID SITE
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
source

Destination: LEBANON AND SYRIA
Sponsor: American Task Force for Lebanon
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Nov 9, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,668.25
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING (WITH MEMBER)
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,437.00
source

Destination: BERLIN
Sponsor: Stanley Foundation
Purpose: CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,888.00
source

Destination: TURKEY
Sponsor: Turkish-American Business Forum Inc
Purpose: EDUCATION & CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $4,580.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: TRAVEL WITH MEMBER
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $3,720.00
source

Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $6,617.00
source

Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $1,775.45
source

Destination: MOROCCO
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Howard Diamond.


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