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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

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    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

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    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*

Cordell Smith


Total cost of 8 trips: $6,710.18


Trips traveled under the office of Christopher Bond

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL INDIAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK TO NIBA CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATION TO EXPAND HUBZONE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY TO TRIBAL ENTERPRISES AND ALASKA NATIVE CORPORATION
Date: May 7, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $654.59
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP-ATTENDING SEMINARS AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 19, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,600.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: MOKAN CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS ASSISTANCE CENTER
Purpose: SPEAK AT MOKAN SEMINAR ON THE HUBZONE PROGRAM
Date: Oct 11, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $373.40
source

Destination: FALLS CHURCH VA
Sponsor: INDUSTRY ADVISORY COUNCIL
Purpose: SPEAK AT MEETING OF IAC'S SMALL MINORITY AND WOMEN - OWNED BUSINESS SHARED INTEREST GROUP
Date: Mar 5, 2001
Expense: $60.70
source

Destination: TIMONIUM, MD
Sponsor: LOYOLA COLLEGE CENTER FOR CLOSELY-HELD FIRMS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON "MARKETING TO GOVERNMENT AND LARGE COMPANIES" AT MINORITY BUSINESS EXECUTIVES PROGRAM
Date: Mar 6, 2001
Expense: $48.25
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Association of Government Marketing Assistance Specialists
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES FOR SMALL BUSINESS PARTICIPATION IN PROCUREMENT
Date: Mar 24, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $562.09
source

Destination: NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Association of Government Marketing Assistance Specialists
Purpose: SPEAK AT TRAINING SESSION FOR GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER STAFF
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $888.58
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NATIONAL INDIAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK AT NIBA TENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW
Date: Apr 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $522.57
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Cordell Smith.


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