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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

    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*

Pete Leon


Total cost of 9 trips: $11,293.23


Trips traveled under the office of Eliot Engel

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Verizon Communications Inc
Purpose: TOUR BROADBAND & CLE CORDER PROCESSING CTRS
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $625.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: BRIEFING ON SOBPRIME LENDING/TOUR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Date: May 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $499.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: General Building Contractors of New York
Purpose: GROUND ZERO TOUR
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND NCTA ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: May 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,505.98
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jun 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,142.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: STAFF MEDIA CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,601.34
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: May 1, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,624.47
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL CONFERENCE/TRADE SHOW
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,161.44
source


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Forbes

Destination: ROUNDTRIP TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING & SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY EXECUTIVES
Purpose:
Date: Jul 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $534.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Pete Leon.


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