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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

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Trips by*

Lou Ann Linehan


Total cost of 13 trips: $17,920.35


Trips traveled under the office of Chuck Hagel

Destination: ATHENS, GA
Sponsor: University of Georgia
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE SAM NUNN POLICY FORUM
Date: Mar 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $95.00
source

Destination: OMAHA, NE
Sponsor: OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ROUNDTABLE WITH NATO SECRETARY GENERAL LORD ROBERTSON
Date: Apr 7, 2000
Expense: $796.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: BIPAC - Business-Industry Political Action Committee
Purpose: STAFF SENATOR HAGEL AS HE SPEAKS TO THE BIPAC FALL BOARD MEETING
Date: Nov 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,118.85
source

Destination: CINCINNATI, OH
Sponsor: Transatlantic Business Dialogue
Purpose: ACCOMPANY SENATOR HAGEL TO THE ANNUAL CEO-LEVEL TRANSATLANTIC BUSINESS DIALOGUE
Date: Nov 17, 2000
Expense: $1,708.50
source

Destination: GERMANY & THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Purpose: TO GAIN FIRST HAND INSIGHT INTO THE US-EUROPEAN POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SECURITY RELATIONS
Date: Dec 2, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,580.16
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Israel Policy Forum
Purpose: ATTEND THE ISRAEL POLICY FORUM ANNUAL DINNER AND THE ISRAEL POLICY FORUM BREAKFAST
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $319.24
source

Destination: OMAHA, NE
Sponsor: OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: STAFF SENATOR HAGEL WHEN HE ACCEPTS "HEADLINER OF THE YEAR" AWARD AND WHEN HE INTRODUCES SENATOR MCCAIN
Date: Feb 16, 2001
Expense: $542.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY (TEETERBORO, NJ AIRPORT)
Sponsor: American Jewish Congress
Purpose: TO PROVIDE STAFF SUPPORT FOR SENATOR'S SPEECH
Date: Jan 29, 2003
Expense: $2,544.20
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: NATIONAL CONVENTION OF BANKERS GROUP-SENATOR HAGEL SPEAKING
Date: Jul 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $3,655.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $922.00
source

Destination: OMAHA, NE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 18, 2004
Expense: $635.20
source

Destination: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
Sponsor: Carter Center
Purpose: OBSERVATION OF JULY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN INDONESIA
Date: Jul 1, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,561.50
source

Destination: DETROIT, MI
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $442.20
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Lou Ann Linehan.


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