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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Cameron Gilreath


Total cost of 17 trips: $24,459.49


Trips traveled under the office of Judy Biggert

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $840.42
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Society for Womens Health Research
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Lamar Smith

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: SEMINAR
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,813.75
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL TRIP
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,089.00
source

Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Sponsor: Business Software Alliance
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNET
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $727.10
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,708.61
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,010.00
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: BMG
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $577.94
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: MEDIA CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,536.10
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 20, 2003
Expense: $584.50
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: LEADERS IN TECH. EDUCATIONAL PROG.
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,072.80
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PA
Sponsor: DUTKO GROUP-ALCATEL, AMAZON, ACT, ATT, GIA, INFINEON, LEVEL(3) COMMUNICATIONS, LUCENT, MICROSOFT, NCTA, SBCA, SPRIN, VONTU, YAB
Purpose:
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $792.15
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,902.88
source

Destination: WASH DC-LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,985.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-SARASOTA/LONGBOAT KEY
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TELECOM ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,943.31
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAK ON PEACE AT NAT'L CONVENTION
Date: Apr 16, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,293.73
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Cameron Gilreath.


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