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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*

Rohit Kumar


Total cost of 15 trips: $33,982.92


Trips traveled under the office of Bill Frist

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Feb 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $547.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: FANNIE MAE & FREDDIE MAC
Purpose: FINANCIAL SERVICES CONFERENCE WITH SENATOR BENNETT AND OTHERS
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,228.75
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: SIA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,763.24
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: DIGITAL RIGHTS CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,182.89
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CONGRESS OF TOMORROW BICAMERAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $168.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Goldman Sachs Group
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF ISSUES FACING THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY (PICNIC DISCUSSION)
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $473.39
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON SECURITIES INDUSTRY ISSUES AND LEGISLATION. PANEL DISCUSSION PART OF ANNUAL SIA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,141.35
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Fidelity Investments
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 2004 CONGRESSIONAL STAFF EDUCATION SERIES
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,220.00
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TOUR OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES IN FRANCE
Date: Aug 1, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $5,272.18
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CONGRESS OF TOMORROW CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $636.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AFFECTING THE GAMING INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,621.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Phil Gramm

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO NASDAQ FACILITIES
Date: Sep 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,158.83
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Instinet Corporation
Purpose: INSTINET STAFF TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT COMPANY & VISIT FACILITIES
Date: Nov 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $910.79
source


Trips traveled under the office of Trent Lott

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: TO VISIT THE NYSE FLOOR, LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXCHANGE, AND U.S. EQUITY MARKETS.
Date: Aug 8, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $905.50
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Singapore International Foundation
Purpose: TO MEET WITH U.S. EMBASSY OFFICIALS, SINGAPORE MINISTERS, AND OTHER OFFICIALS IN ORDER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT U.S. TRADE WITH SINGAPORE AND TO LEARN ABOUT SINGAPORE'S ANTI-TERRORISM EFFORTS
Date: Aug 10, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $6,754.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Rohit Kumar.


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