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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Angela Ellard


Total cost of 11 trips: $22,105.28


Trips traveled under the office of Bill Archer

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy
Purpose: SPEAK AT EVENT AT CHINESE CONSULATE HOSTED BY POWELL, GOLDSTEIN TO EDUCATE BUSINESS COMMUNITY ABOUT CHINESE ACCESSION TO WTI
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $775.44
source

Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: SPEAK AT 18TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $851.30
source


Trips traveled under the office of William Thomas

Destination: SINGAPORE - HANOI (VIETNAM) - HOCHI MINH CITY (VIETN)
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: ACCOMPANY CONGRESSMAN CRANE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC MISSION TO MEET WITHU.S. AND FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $9,781.00
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: American Association of Exporters & Importers
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: May 21, 2002
Expense: $500.02
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: CONFERENCE BOARD
Purpose: SPEAK TO GLOBAL ADVISORY COUNCIL OF THE CONFERENCE BOARD ON TRADE ISSUES
Date: Feb 25, 2003
Expense: $671.70
source

Destination: PHNOM PENH
Sponsor: US-ASEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL PAID FOR AIR TRAVEL GOVTS OF THAILAND & CAMBODIA PAID FOR IN COUNTRY EXPENSES
Purpose: MEET W/ U.S., THAI, & CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND U.S. BUSINESS COMMUNITY ON BILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,953.50
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: SPEAK TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON THE TRADE POLICY AGENDA; PARTICIPATE IN OTHER CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,593.72
source

Destination: CORAL GABLES, FL
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: SPEAK AT TRADE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,170.40
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: National Retail Federation
Purpose: SPEECH AT TRADE COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: Jan 17, 2005
Expense: $336.00
source

Destination: CORAL GABLES, FL
Sponsor: U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & ASSN OF AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE IN LATIN AMERICA
Purpose: LUNCH SPEAKER
Date: Jan 28, 2005
Expense: $307.20
source

Destination: SAN SALVADOR-GUATEMALA CITY
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: PREPARATION & FACT GATHERING FOR CONGRESSIONAL CONSIDERATION OF CENTRAL AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,165.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Angela Ellard.


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