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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

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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*

Elizabeth Bartheld


Total cost of 8 trips: $23,771.42


Trips traveled under the office of John Sullivan

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO EXPLORE THE MANY CHALLENGES FACING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES IN DIFFICULT TO SERVE TERRITORY
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,696.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: GAIN KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY ATTEND EPSA'S YEARLY SEMINAR
Date: May 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $840.38
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,320.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source

Destination: DUCK KEY
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO EXPLORE THE MANY CHALLENGES FACING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES IN DIFFICULT TO SERVE TERRITORY
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: GAIN KNOWLEDGE OF THE ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY ATTEND EPSA'S YEARLY SEMINAR
Date: May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $819.63
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN-ROKKASHO, JAPAN-TOKYO, JAPAN-KYOTO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO JAPAN
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $12,941.41
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Elizabeth Bartheld.


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