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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

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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*

Andrew Kugler


Total cost of 13 trips: $18,239.60


Trips traveled under the office of Zoe Lofgren

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: TO ATTEND PRESENTATIONS AND MEETINGS WITH TOP EXECUTIVES OF NEWS CORPORATION
Date: May 29, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 8, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,076.34
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ACT, AT&T, AT&T WIRELESS, INFINEON, LEVEL (3) COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, TELCORDIA, SBCA, SPRINT AND UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Purpose: TO ATTEND TECHNOLOGY POLICY CONFERENCE AND SPEAK ON PANEL REGARDING COPYRIGHT LEGISLATION.
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $334.34
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $599.00
source

Destination: OAKLAND
Sponsor: YAHOO AND EBAY
Purpose: TO ATTEND PRESENTATIONS AND MEETINGS WITH TOP EXECUTIVES AT YAHOO AND EBAY
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,935.01
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND PRESENTATIONS AND MEETINGS WITH CABLE EXECUTIVES
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,663.15
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND TIA SPRING POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $752.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND NCTA NATIONAL TRADE SHOW AND MEET WITH EXECUTIVES FROM THE CABLE, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, TELEVISION, SATELLITE, AND COMPUTER INDUSTRIES
Date: Apr 29, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,402.33
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: TO MEET WITH TOP EXECUTIVES OF NEWS CORPORATION. MEETINGS WILL ADDRESS DIGITAL TV TRANSITION, PROGRAMMING, AND RELATED ISSUES.
Date: May 22, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,055.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: AT&T Corporation
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE COMPETITIVE TELECOM LANDSCAPE WITH AT&T EXECUTIVES
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.45
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW.
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,596.68
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: ACT, ALCATEL, AT&T, EARTHLINK, IDT INFINEON, MICROSOFT, SPRING, VONAGE, WESTERN WIRELESS, AND YAHOO!
Purpose: TO ATTEND TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS ISSUES BEFORE THE 109TH CONGRESS, INCLUDE A REWRITE OF THE 1996 TELECOM ACT, VOIP, AND BROADBAND POLICY
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $883.23
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND NCTA NATIONAL SHOW
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,979.07
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Andrew Kugler.


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