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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*

Sheila Murphy


Total cost of 8 trips: $19,993.08


Trips traveled under the office of Thomas Carper

Destination: BRUSSELLS, BELGIUM; BERLIN, GERMANY; PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: TO MEET WITH NATO OFFICIALS IN BRUSSELLS AND SENIOR FRENCH & GERMAN DEFENSE & FOREIGN POLICY OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS WIDE RANGE OF TRANSATLANTIC ISSUES
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $3,003.84
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: THE DLC SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,722.86
source

Destination: AIRLIE CONFERENCE CENTER-WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: THE DLC 2003 AIRLIE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $391.17
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC STAFF RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,278.63
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SENATE STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,547.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,046.68
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: TO DISCUSS RECENT POLICY DEVELOPMENTS IN CONGRESS & TO DISCUSS PROSPECTS FOR UPCOMING 109TH CONGRESS
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,112.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Thomas Daschle

Destination: INDONESIA
Sponsor: United States-Indonesia Society
Purpose: TO MEET WITH SENIOR INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS NGO'S PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS & OTHERS A ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO THE US AND INDONESIA
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (11 days)
Expense: $6,890.90
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sheila Murphy.


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