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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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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*

Nick Kolovos


Total cost of 9 trips: $17,240.63


Trips traveled under the office of Anna Eshoo

Destination:
Sponsor: ALTV & NATPE
Purpose: PARTICIPATION ON CONGRESSIONAL TECHNOLOGY PANEL
Date: Jan 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNET
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF ISSUES FACING CONGRESS RELATING TO INTERNET
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $616.03
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS ON CABLE PROGRAMMING, TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOUNDS
Date: Mar 22, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,030.00
source

Destination: SITE VISITS TO SUN, INTEL, HP, APPLE, APPLIED MATERIALS
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Public Affairs Group
Purpose: DISCUSSION, FACT FINDING ON VARIOUS HIGH-TECH ISSUES
Date: May 30, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,698.20
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO CHICAGO FOR ANNUAL NCTA CONVENTION
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: EDUCATION ON DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY IN CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,772.68
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: ATTENDING SEMINAR, FACT-FINDING, EDUCATION
Date: Aug 24, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,580.00
source

Destination: CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL ADDRESSING WIRELESS ISSUES
Date: Mar 14, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $1,846.39
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT NATIONAL CABLE CONVENTION
Date: May 5, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,514.33
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON ISSUES FACING CONTENT INDUSTRY
Date: May 29, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Nick Kolovos.


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