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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

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Trips by*

Maria Meier


Total cost of 6 trips: $14,863.58


Trips traveled under the office of Robert Menendez

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Mar 30, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,480.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Grace Napolitano

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA; SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: TO BECOME EDUCATED ON THE POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING THE TELEVISION AND MOVIE PICTURE INDUSTRY GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS ON BROADCAST AND PIRACY
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,725.10
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA (HALF MOON BAY)
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TO VISIT HIGH TECH BUSINESSES IN SILICON VALLEY AND MEET AND MEET WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS ON POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING TECHNOLOGY INCLUDING FUNDING FOR SCIENCE AND MATH EDUCATION
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,523.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO PARTICIPATE IN NCLR'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE, A WIDELY ATTENDED BIPARTISAN EVENT AND THE LARGEST GATHERING OF HISPANIC COMMU NITY LEADERS, ACTIVISTS AND VOLUNTEERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS, AND MEMBERS OF THE CORPORATE, PHILANTHROPIC AND ACADEMI
Date: Jul 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $907.50
source


Trips traveled under the office of Ciro Rodriguez

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose:
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $3,570.89
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: TO STAFF MEMBERS DURING SECOND ANNUAL TRICAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,657.09
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Maria Meier.


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