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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*

Jennifer Platt


Total cost of 8 trips: $12,356.47


Trips traveled under the office of Katherine Harris

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC
Sponsor: PHRMA, ELI LILLY, GLAXOSMITHKLINE, MERCK
Purpose: TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE RESEARCH PROCESS BEHIND DRUG MANUFACTURING
Date: May 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,086.45
source

Destination: SARASOTA, FL-RALEIGH, NC-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: SAS INSTITUTE
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT SAS AND THEIR FINANCIAL SERVICES CLIENTS EFFORTS TO ADHERE TO SARBANES-OXLEY AND PATRIOT ACT REGULATIONS AND TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE WAYS TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP INDUSTRY TO MEET DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $929.30
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: National Association of Securities Dealers
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO EXAMINE SELF REGULATING FUNCTIONS IN LIGHT OF DECENT SECURITIES SCANDALS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $941.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-INDIA-NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Global Health Council
Purpose: GATHER INFORMATION & EXAMINE HEALTH ISSUES FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $5,783.00
source

Destination: NYC-WAS
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: TO EXAMINE SPECIALIST AND MARKET SYSTEM IN TERMS OF PRICE DISCOVERY AND NEW MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE OF THE EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 13, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $712.79
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: YAHOO! VANTU, SPRINT, SBCA, NCTA, LUCENT, AMAZON.COM MICROSOFT, LEVEL (3), E/A INFINEM, AT&T, ACT, ALCATEL
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON TRENDS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS RELATED TO THE FIELD OF HIGH-TECH.
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $631.68
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE DUE DILIGENCE AND BUSINESS REALITIES OF THE SECONDARY MARKET ON SUB-PRIME LOANS
Date: Mar 21, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $814.87
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: COL. TECH. & INTERNET ASSOC. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS, UNITED STATES TELE. ASSOC.
Purpose: TO DISCUSS POLICY & REGULATORY ISSUES CONFRONTING TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES & RELATED INDUSTRIES, SUCH AS MANUFACTURERS
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,457.38
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jennifer Platt.


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