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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*

Johanna Mikes


Total cost of 9 trips: $12,639.95


Trips traveled under the office of Rick Boucher

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: TO VIEW CONSUMER WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES INCLUDING INTERACTIVE 3G BROAD BAND APPLICATIONS AND SECURITY APPLICATIONS
Date: Mar 17, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $721.12
source

Destination: DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT-FINDING OF COMPETITIVE LOCAL TELECOMMUNICATION MARKET AND COMPETITIVE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS SERVICES
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,111.71
source

Destination: DULLES, VIRGINIA; LOS ANGELES, CA; SAN FRANCISCO CA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: FACT-FINDING OF UPCOMING TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS, THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY AND THE INTERNET SERVICES PROVIDER INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,733.75
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO VIEW CONSUMERS TECHNOLOGIES FOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND NETWORKING, HIGH DEFINITION TELEVISION, COMPUTING INTERACTIVE AND BROADBAND APPLICATIONS, AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,501.99
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS RESORT, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: THE DUTKO GROUP (ALCATEL, ASSOC. FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY, AT&T, LEVEL 3, MICROSOFT, NARM, PEGASUS, SPRINT, TELCORDIA, VERISIGN, XO COMMUNICATIONS, USDA)
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY POLICY LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ADDRESSING TELECOMMUNICATIONS, COPYRIGHT, CYBERSECURITY AND PRIVACY ISSUES. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $657.46
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: SEE DEMONSTRATIONS OF CABLE SET-UP, BOX TECHNOLOGY AND DISCUSS POLICY
Date: May 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,852.21
source

Destination: REDMOND, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: GAIN INFORMATION ON STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGIES AND POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING SOFTWARE, INTERNET AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,006.21
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TO EXAMINE DEPLOYMENT OF FIBER OPTIC FACILITIES IN TELECOM NETWORK AND STUDY EFFECTS OF TELECOM INDUSTRY ON THE ECONOMY
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,064.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose:
Date: Mar 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,991.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Johanna Mikes.


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