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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.

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  • 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*

Kristen Sarri


Total cost of 13 trips: $7,006.03


Trips traveled under the office of Jack Reed

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Alfred P Sloan Foundation
Purpose: SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON "ENERGY: TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY CHANGES"
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $886.60
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Purpose: GIVE SPEECH AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $229.00
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: NATIONAL LOW INCOME ENERGY CONSORTIUM
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $389.50
source

Destination: PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: Carnegie Mellon University
Purpose: VISIT TO CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIVERSITY TO MEET WITH FACULTY ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, UNFRASTRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING ISSUES
Date: Jan 30, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $785.62
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT LEGISLATIVE MEETING
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $788.33
source

Destination: PROVIDENCE, RI
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: VISIT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Date: May 30, 2003
Expense: $170.50
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $565.90
source

Destination: VALLEY FORGE, PA
Sponsor: PJM Interconnection LLC
Purpose: STAFF VISIT TO PJM TO LEARN ABOUT MID-ATLANTIC TRANSMISSION GRID
Date: May 24, 2004
Expense: $274.53
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: NATIONAL LOW INCOME ENERGY CONSORTIUM
Purpose: SPEAKER AT NATIONAL LOW INCOME ENERGY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $405.90
source

Destination: PORT ISOBEL, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Purpose: STAFF TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT CHESAPEAKE BAY WATER QUALITY AND ECOSYSTEM
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: EAST ST. LOUISE, MD
Sponsor: Peoples Energy Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKER AT PUBLIC DIALOGUE ON THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Date: Dec 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $794.50
source

Destination: SAVANNAH, GA
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: SPEECH ON THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $571.38
source

Destination: QUEBEC CITY, CANADA
Sponsor: NORTHEAST MIDWEST INSTITUTE
Purpose: TO GIVE A SPEECH ON THE NATIONAL AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES ACT TO U.S. AND CANADIAN MAYORS FROM THE GREAT LAKES AND ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY AREA, AT THE CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE GREAT LAKES
Date: May 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $894.27
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kristen Sarri.


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