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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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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 by*

Jeff Donarski


Total cost of 9 trips: $18,624.65


Trips traveled under the office of Xavier Becerra

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AT CSHS
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,862.40
source

Destination: PASADENA, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NHPF LOS ANGELES MANAGED CARE SITE VISIT
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $691.39
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Environment Industry Association
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPANT DISCUSSING FEDERAL TAX POLICY AT WASTEEXPO 2002
Date: May 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $882.92
source

Destination: GREATER SAN DIEGO/LA JOLLA REGION
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: VISIT PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH FACILITIES AND ATTEND POLICY LECTURES
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,963.24
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: Annie E Casey Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, LBJ SCHOOL ON ISSUES RELATING TO THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT AND FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR FAMILIES LIVING NEAR THE SOUTHWEST BORDER
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $696.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON THE BOND MARKETS
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $705.70
source

Destination: THE NETHERLANDS (AMSTERDAM AND THE HAGUE)-BELGIUM (BRUSSELS)-POLAND (WARSAW)
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: THE TRIP WAS A FACT-FINDING TRIP INCLUDING A NUMBER OF MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BRIEFINGS ON TAX-RELATED ISSUES
Date: May 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $8,303.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Lafalce

Destination: NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: 17TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,565.00
source

Destination: BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: American Council on Germany
Purpose: 22ND AMERICAN-GERMAN YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,955.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jeff Donarski.


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