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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

    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*

Beth Jafari


Total cost of 10 trips: $18,356.12


Trips traveled under the office of John Cornyn

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS. APPLIED MATERIALS, AGILENT-TECHNOLOGIES, HEWLETT-PACKARD, INTEL, SBC, SOLECTRON
Purpose: LEARN THE INNER WORKINGS OF HIGH TECH MANUFACTURING AND UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF THE HIGH-TECH COMMUNITY ON THE U.S. ECONOMY AND WORKFORCE
Date: May 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,069.80
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING THE CABLE INDUSTRY; ISSUES INCLUDE IP TELEPHONY, HIGH SPEED DATA, DVR, SVOD, HDTV, DEPLOYMENT IN RURAL AREAS, ETC
Date: Aug 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,171.02
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES AT EACH STAGE OF THE EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION PROCESS
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $792.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-AUSTIN-DALLAS
Sponsor: APPLIED MATERIALS DELL; HEWLETT-PACKARD, INTEL, SOLECTRON, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT HI TECH MANUFACTURING THROUGH COMPANY AND SITE VISITS, PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT HOW FEDERAL POLICIES AFFECT MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,278.92
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FACING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $364.00
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE, ASHLAND INC., DEAN FOODS, FLOWSERVE, YELLOW ROADWAY, EXCEL
Purpose: COMPANY VISITS ILLUSTRATED THE IMPACT OF THE MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY ON THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND WORKFORCE WE DISCUSSED HOW FEDERAL POLICIES AFFECT THE MANUFACTURING AND TRANSPORTATION SECTORS
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,425.66
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO DISCUSS INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS AND THE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Destination: LONGBOAT KEY/SARASOTA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM TO DISCUSS REGULATORY AND LEGISLATIVE ISSUES CONFRONTING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,845.80
source

Destination: HYDERABAD, INDIA AND DELHI, INDIA
Sponsor: Nasscom
Purpose: TO GIVE STAFF MEMBERS FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDIAN IT INDUSTRY BY MEETING WITH KEY GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY LEADERS TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW U.S. POLICIES IMPACT THE COUNTRY
Date: Mar 27, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $7,860.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: TO EDUCATE STAFF MEMBERS ABOUT THE ISSUES FACING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY (SPECIFICALLY RADIO) IN ANTICIPATION OF A REWRITE OF THE 1996 ACT. ISSUES INCLUDE BROADCAST INDECENCY, DTV TRANSITION, AND MEDIA OWNERSHIP
Date: May 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,153.42
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Beth Jafari.


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