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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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    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.
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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*

Bobby Hillert


Total cost of 10 trips: $13,191.04


Trips traveled under the office of Pete Sessions

Destination:
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FURTHER EXAMINE FCC RULINGS IN REGARD TO TELECOMM INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,064.77
source

Destination: TAIPEI/KENTING
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,320.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Medco Health Solutions Inc
Purpose: VISIT AUTOMATED PHARMACY/CALL CENTER
Date: Dec 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,119.61
source

Destination: STANFORD UNIV. MED CENTER
Sponsor: Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation
Purpose: VIEW RESEARCH IN DOWN SYNDROME, AUTISM, PARKINSON'S
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $990.00
source

Destination: VISIT PARKLAND HOSPITAL
Sponsor: Parkland Hospital
Purpose: VIEW THE ROLE PARKLAND PLAYS IN DALLAS
Date: Aug 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $428.20
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Association of International Automobile Manufacturers
Purpose: TO LEARN PERSPECTIVES FROM EXPERTS REGARDING THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY'S TRADE AND INVESTMENT TRENDS
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $720.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT IMPORTANT POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES IN THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,751.66
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE HARDWARE THAT GOES INTO THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 8, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $255.00
source

Destination: CINCY
Sponsor: TOYOTA MANUFACTURING, ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INTERNATIONAL PAPER, AIC STEE NCR, MILACRON CINERGY
Purpose: ALLOWED STAFF TO SEE INNER-WORKINGS OF MANUFACTURING SECTOR. ILLUSTRATED IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING ON AMERICAN ECONOMY AND WORKFORCE
Date: Aug 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,101.46
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: Parkland Hospital
Purpose: INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE DESIGNED TO ALLOW LEGISLATIVE STAFF W/ RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Date: Aug 24, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $440.34
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Bobby Hillert.


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