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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*

Joanna Foust


Total cost of 10 trips: $22,798.11


Trips traveled under the office of Dave Camp

Destination: PALO ALTO, CA
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group
Purpose: TO DISCUSS TAX POLICIES IMPORTANT TO HIGH-TECH SECTOR
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,292.50
source

Destination: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: International Speedway Corporation
Purpose: DISCUSS FEDERAL TAX POLICY IMPACT ON MOTORSPORTS INDUSTRY AND IMPACT THE INDUSTRY HAS ON THE U.S. ECONOMY
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $822.64
source

Destination: NEW YORK PENN STATION
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: ATTEND BIOTECHNOLOGY INVESTOR CONFERENCE AND TOUR BIOTECH FACILITIES
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $780.00
source

Destination: BERLIN, HEIDELBERG, STUTTGART GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: 2004 CONGRESSIONAL STUDY TOUR OF GERMANY
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,855.99
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Tax Coalition
Purpose: TAX ISSUES FORUM-SEMINAR ON TAX ISSUES BEFORE THE CONGRESS
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $638.00
source

Destination: WHITEFISH, MT-SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON RAILROAD INFRASTRUCTURE AND RAIL SECURITY
Date: May 26, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,446.40
source

Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF U.S.-MALAYSIA TRADE, MALAYSIA'S GROWING IMPORTANCE IN SE ASIA AND HELPING THE UNITED STATES FIGHT TERRORISM BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,726.00
source

Destination: NY LAGUARDIA
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
Purpose: THE ROLE OF INSURANCE IN ADDRESSING AMERICA'S RETIREMENT INCOME CRISIS
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES FACING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,852.05
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA, MIAMI, FL, WASHINGTON DULLES
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES ISSUES. GUEST SPEAKER ON TAX & RETIREMENT SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,113.53
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Joanna Foust.


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