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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

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    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*

Jameel Johnson


Total cost of 11 trips: $37,612.11


Trips traveled under the office of Gregory Meeks

Destination: ISRAEL/JORDAN
Sponsor: Jewish Community Relations Council(s)
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING - ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Destination: OMAN
Sponsor: Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: ADVANCE WALK THROUGH/PREPARATION FOR CBC VISIT ON 6/15-16
Date: Jun 9, 2000
Expense: $439.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, BELL ATLANTIC, HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: CONG. BLACK CAUCUS VISIT TO NY STOCK EXCHANGE
Date: Jun 14, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $891.43
source

Destination: KL, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: STUDY US-MALAYSIAN ECONOMIC & POLITICAL RELATIONS; MEETINGS WITH US & MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,749.31
source

Destination: BOARS HEAD INN, CHARLOTTSVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $401.00
source

Destination: DOMINICA-ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Sponsor: Ross University
Purpose: MEET FACULTY & SEE CAMPUS & ROSS UNIV. MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,723.53
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO NY NASDAQ MARKET SITE
Date: Apr 20, 2001
Expense: $242.84
source

Destination: BRAZIL
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose:
Date: May 26, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $8,342.00
source

Destination: DOHA QATAR
Sponsor: State of Qatar
Purpose: LEARNING ABOUT QATAR
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (11 days)
Expense: $6,510.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 29, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $310.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jameel Johnson.


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