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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*

Susan Hirschmann


Total cost of 18 trips: $85,135.35


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Delay

Destination: NEMICOLIN
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING CONFERENCE FOR MEMBERS & SENIOR STAFF
Date: Feb 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $504.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE MEETING
Date: Mar 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,259.50
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: THE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Purpose:
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $812.79
source

Destination: GREAT BRITAIN
Sponsor: National Center for Public Policy & Research
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 22, 2000 (11 days)
Expense: $27,626.00
source

Destination: MOROCCO
Sponsor: US-Morocco Affairs Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jul 2, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,172.50
source

Destination: ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Nov 23, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $4,720.00
source

Destination: HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,876.80
source

Destination: KINGSMILL RESORT - WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $589.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO
Sponsor: International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT SAFETY ISSUES IN AMUSEMENT INDUSTRY
Date: May 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,321.00
source

Destination: SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $6,385.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $10,423.70
source

Destination: SOUTH KOREA
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EDUCATION / MT OF GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $8,822.16
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / MEET WITH PRESIDENT
Date: Aug 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,122.00
source

Destination: MALAYSIA; SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: MT W/GOV'T LEADERS / EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,411.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $190.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIAN
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $785.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC, TO GREENBRIAR (W.W)
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $649.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,465.90
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Susan Hirschmann.


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