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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*

Peter Muller


Total cost of 9 trips: $21,698.15


Trips traveled under the office of Ellen Tauscher

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $671.50
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FLA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,011.86
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,556.24
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $3,317.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL "NATIONAL CONVERSATION" MEETING WITH STATE AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS
Date: Jul 27, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,347.82
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA.
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: "NATIONAL CONVERSATION" MEETING WITH STATE AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $336.99
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH.
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,638.98
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLA.
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,275.64
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 28, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,541.62
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Peter Muller.


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