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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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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Lori Otto


Total cost of 11 trips: $16,623.72


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Craig

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Sponsor: Atlantic Council of the United States
Purpose: NATO, ED MEETINGS & BRIEFINGS
Date: May 27, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,394.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON U.S./ISRAEL RELATIONS
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $3,287.00
source

Destination: PA
Sponsor: AT&T, CABLE, WIRELESS, WINSTAR, PEGASUS, LEVEL3, MICROSOFT, MP3.COM, XO Comm, VERISIGN, SAIC, ALCATEL...
Purpose: 3RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNET
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $588.76
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING VISIT TO MICROSOFT CAMPUS
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,707.82
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CA
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Public Affairs Group
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,791.20
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP HAUNCH
Date: Oct 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $947.31
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $957.00
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, CA
Sponsor: TECH POLICY 2002 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $657.46
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,139.00
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,159.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: MICROSOFT AMAZON, VOTERLTERE VULCAN
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,995.17
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Lori Otto.


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