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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*

Sean Hughes


Total cost of 11 trips: $23,821.08


Trips traveled under the office of Jim Mcdermott

Destination: EASTERN WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Energy Northwest
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/ENERGY-RELATED INFORMATION
Date: May 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,320.79
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Washington State University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,315.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: KOREA ECONOMIC INSTITUTE; MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS & TRADE, REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,350.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 6, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,320.00
source

Destination: WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Apr 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,282.63
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Preston Gates & Ellis
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $698.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA TO BOISE IDAHO; BOISE - DC
Sponsor: SAVE OUR WILD SALMON, IDAHO RIVER UNITED
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $653.23
source

Destination: PDX
Sponsor: Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING FOR ENERGY ISSUES
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $1,341.18
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO ISTANBUL TO ERCAN, NORTHERN CYPRUS
Sponsor: Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Aug 7, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,566.00
source

Destination: SPOKANE, WA - PASCO, WA
Sponsor: Tri-City Industrial Development Council (TRIDEC)
Purpose: HANFORD SITE FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Aug 18, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $501.25
source

Destination: NEW YORK - SINGAPORE - MEDAN - BANDA ACEH - JAKARTA - SINGAPAORE - NEW YORK
Sponsor: United States-Indonesia Society
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Aug 26, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $4,473.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sean Hughes.


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