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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Todd Rosenblum


Total cost of 9 trips: $33,607.99


Trips traveled under the office of Evan Bayh

Destination: ARGENTINA AND URUGUAY
Sponsor: Center for Strategic and International Studies
Purpose: OFFICIAL CONSULTATIONS
Date: Aug 25, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,000.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Stanley Foundation
Purpose: OFFICIAL CONSULTATIONS
Date: Sep 6, 2002
Expense: $535.20
source

Destination: CHINA, VIETNAM AND HONG KONG
Sponsor: Mansfield Foundation
Purpose: OFFICIAL CONSULTATIONS
Date: Oct 28, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $9,096.19
source

Destination: TARRYTOWN, NY
Sponsor: National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN A CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 8, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO CUBA ON BEHALF OF THE INDIANA FARM BUREAU
Date: Oct 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $555.00
source

Destination: GERMANY, BELGIUM AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: OFFICIAL CONSULTATIONS
Date: Dec 7, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,355.00
source

Destination: JORDAN AND ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development
Purpose: IN SUPPORT OF SENATOR BAYH
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $7,365.00
source

Destination: INDIA (DELHI, BANGALORE, MUMBAI AND AGRA)
Sponsor: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Purpose: EDUCATION AND FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 21, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $9,349.60
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Sponsor: Atlantic Council of the United States
Purpose: CONSULTATIONS
Date: Jan 17, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,102.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Todd Rosenblum.


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