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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*

Dianne Miller


Total cost of 16 trips: $15,254.46


Trips traveled under the office of Maurice Hinchey

Destination: BOARS HEAD INN, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: FORUM TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES/ECONOMIC EDUCATION
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $434.00
source

Destination: DUCK KEY, FL
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT REGULATORY FINANCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES FACING ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
Purpose: SEMINAR ON RETIREMENT SAVINGS ISSUES
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,366.25
source

Destination: MIAMI, HOMESTEAD, FT. PIERCE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida Citrus Mutual
Purpose: EDUCATION ON FLORIDA CITRUS INDUSTRY, CITRUS CANCER OUTBREAK, AND AIRPORT INSPECTION PROCEDURES
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,140.45
source

Destination: REPUBLIC OF YEMEN
Sponsor: Thabet Group
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,453.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $221.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: FLORIDA CITRUS MUTUAL, FLORIDA FARM BUREAU
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL OVERVIEW OF THE CHALLENGES FACING AGRICULTURE IN FLORIDA
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,189.59
source

Destination: LODI, MODESTO & SALINAS, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: California Agricultural Leadership Alumni Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL OVERVIEW OF CA AG. INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 13, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $618.76
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: GENERAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK BUILDING TRADES EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK
Purpose: BRIEFING CONCERNING LIABILITY EXPOSURE OF CONTRACTORS CONDUCTING RECOVERY EFFORTS AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE AND SITE VISIT.
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $384.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF ECONOMIC FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC POLICY - EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $357.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C. - ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,040.19
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - ALBUGUERGUE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: Cornell University (including Medical College)
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL BEEF CATTLE GENETIC EVALUATION CONSORTIUM DATAGATHERING EXERCISE
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $651.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: VISIT NEW LAB SPACE & DISCUSS RESEARCH FUNDING
Date: May 28, 2002
Expense: $209.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: 1st Rochdale Cooperative Group Ltd
Purpose: SITE VISIT FOR PROSPECTIVE ELECTRICITY GENERATING FACILITY IN NEW YORKCITY
Date: Jun 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $440.22
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-CAIRO, EGYPT-LUKOR, EGYPT
Sponsor: American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING-ECONOMIC & POLITICAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN U.S. & EGYPT
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,750.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FORUM ON MARKETS & POLICY MAKING
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Dianne Miller.


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