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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

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    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*

Elizabeth Macdonald


Total cost of 13 trips: $15,794.62


Trips traveled under the office of Blanche Lincoln

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Sponsor: Northern California Power Agency
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TOUR OF HYDROELECTRIC RESOURCES
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,952.27
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DEMOCRATIC STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $341.10
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Federation of American Hospitals
Purpose: TO INTRODUCE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO MEDICARE ISSUES AFFECTING HOSPITALS THAT CHOOSE TO OPERATE IN PUERTO RICO
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,442.30
source

Destination: BALTIMORE CITY AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WELFARE PROGRAM IN MARYLAND
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $297.25
source

Destination: GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS OF PHARMACEUTICALS
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,639.50
source

Destination: IRELAND
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN IRELAND AND THE U.K. AND ITS IMPACT ON MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
Date: Aug 14, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $2,821.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Academy of Actuaries
Purpose: TO DISCUSS INSURANCE RISK AND FEDERAL POLICY ISSUES RELATED TO HEALTH INSURANCE
Date: Dec 13, 2002
Expense: $975.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Caremark Rx Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFIT MANAGEMENT AND THE PHARMACY PROGRAM OF THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PROGRAM
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,472.35
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT TO DISCUSS UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FOR 2003
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $318.73
source

Destination: ADVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: TO DISCUSS MEDICARE, FDA, AND PUBLIC POLICY BARRIER SURROUNDING NEW MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES-ALSO TO VISIT THE MIAMI CARDIAC VASCULAR INSTITUTE
Date: Mar 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,025.89
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Sponsor: St Jude Medical
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AND HOW GOVT. REGULATIONS AFFECT THE INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,353.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Alliance for Health Reform
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $119.00
source

Destination: TAMPA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Long Term Care Pharmacy Alliance
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PHARMACY SERVICES PROVIDED TO INDIVIDUALS RESIDING IN LONG TERM CARE SETTINGS
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,037.23
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Elizabeth Macdonald.


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