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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*

Daniel Sepulveda


Total cost of 10 trips: $17,785.37


Trips traveled under the office of Barbara Boxer

Destination: SILICON VALLEY & SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 14, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,738.00
source

Destination: CHILE
Sponsor: Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON TRADE
Date: May 26, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $1,462.89
source

Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,114.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,774.87
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: POLICY CONFERENCE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,543.00
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PA
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: PRESENTATION AT POLICY CONFERENCE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $727.10
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: VIEW TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES & DISCUSS TECH POLICY ISSUES
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,401.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON TECH POLICY
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,537.44
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA (SILICON VALLEY)
Sponsor: EBAY & YAHOO!
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,109.74
source


Trips traveled under the office of Barack Obama

Destination: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: DISCUSS TECHNOLOGY & PUBLIC POLICY
Date: Mar 23, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,377.33
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Daniel Sepulveda.


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