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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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    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.
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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*

Gail Ravnitzky


Total cost of 8 trips: $9,956.46


Trips traveled under the office of Carolyn Maloney

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: GLAXO, WYETH-AYERST, CYTYC, HUMANA, WEB MD, AND THE SOCIETY FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH RESEARCH
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN WOMEN'S HEALTH PROGRAMS AND MEET WITH HEALTH CARE LEADERS AND EXPERTS TO DISCUSS WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES.
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $574.72
source

Destination: TOUR NYU DOWNTOWN HOSPITAL AND MEET WITH HOSPITAL LEADERS
Sponsor: NYU Downtown Hospital
Purpose: VISIT EMERGENCY ROOM FACILITIES THAT ARE IN NEED OF REPAIR AND RENOVATION
Date: Apr 28, 2000
Expense: $448.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Adam Schiff

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Jan 2, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $2,985.53
source

Destination: MICROSOFT CAMPUS VISIT, MEETINGS, BRIEFINGS
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-LEARN ABOUT TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES, PRIVACY, SECURITY, AND OTHER ISSUES
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,006.21
source

Destination: DC TO PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES AND LEARN ABOUT ISSUE PERSPECTIVES
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $545.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS ABOUT ISSUES OF THE DAY (FREE MARKET APPROACH TO HEALTH CARE, HOMELAND SECURITY, JOBS, ETC.)
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $694.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, FACT-FINDING TRIP TO DISCUSS PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, PIRACY, AND CONTENT ISSUES
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,955.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FOR A ON PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES SUCH AS SOCIAL SECURITY, ECONOMIC POLICY, OVERSIGHT, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND OTHERS
Date: Feb 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $748.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Gail Ravnitzky.


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