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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*

Brett Shogren


Total cost of 16 trips: $36,223.05


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Delay

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $556.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN (REPUBLIC OF CHINA ON TAIWAN)
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,570.00
source

Destination: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL; BRASILIA, BRAZIL; RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - MEET WITH INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN BRAZIL TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST SUCH AS TRADE, REGULATION AND ELECTRONIC COMMERCE.
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $5,108.56
source

Destination: ANAHEIM, CA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL VISITS TO PRODUCTION STUDIO, TECHNOLOGY BRIEFINGS
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,504.00
source

Destination: KINGSMILL, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE REPUB. PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $352.00
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO MERCK/MELCO FACILITIES IN NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Merck & Co
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-EXAMINE PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,728.00
source

Destination: SOUTH KOREA
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / MEET GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 24, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $14,480.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / MEET GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $735.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: Reliant Energy Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY PRODUCTION & STATE OF ENERGY INDUSTRY AND IMPACT OF LEGISLATION AND
Date: May 27, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $693.50
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,094.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $924.74
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $784.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,143.00
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ELECTED LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $643.25
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $636.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $271.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brett Shogren.


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