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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*

Dana Lichtenberg


Total cost of 13 trips: $15,998.11


Trips traveled under the office of Bart Gordon

Destination: NEMACOLIN RESORT, PA
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ASSN. FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY, CABLE & WIRELESS LEVEL 3 MICROSOFT NETWORK SOLUTION WINSTAR
Purpose: 2ND ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNET
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,044.58
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,443.79
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES & SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: FACT FINDING-SITE VISITS
Date: Aug 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,502.00
source

Destination: CTIA WIRELESS CONVENTION, ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONVENTION PARTICIPATE IN WORKSHOP
Date: Mar 16, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,753.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: US HOUSE STAFF TRIP
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,006.21
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,541.23
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: STAFF FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,571.65
source

Destination: BEDBBINSTER, NJ
Sponsor: AT&T Corporation
Purpose: TOUR OF AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $706.24
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: ANNUAL TECH FORUM STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Destination: DENVER CO
Sponsor: LEVEL (3) COMMUNICATIONS, VONAGE AND INTRADO
Purpose: VOIP 911 CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $794.75
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: STAFF FACT FINDING TRIP TO VIEW BELLSOUTH'S CABLE AND INTERNET PHONE OFFERINGS
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $474.76
source

Destination: LONG BEACH, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL EMERGENCY NUMBER ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $701.90
source

Destination: LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: STAFF CONGRESSIONAL TRIP
Date: Jul 5, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,063.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Dana Lichtenberg.


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