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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*

Brandon Steinmann


Total cost of 7 trips: $10,126.81


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Feeney

Destination: TRIP TO JACKSONVILLE, ORLANDO, AND KEYWEST FLORIDA POWER FACILITIES
Sponsor: FLORIDA MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION AND FLORIDA MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT PUBLIC POWER IN GENERAL AND SPECIFICALLY ABOUT FLORIDA'S COMMUNITY-OWNED ELECTRIC UTILITIES
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,885.27
source

Destination: PANEL PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS THROUGHOUT FRIDAY P.M. AND SATURDAY
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ASSOCIATION FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY, AT&T, AT&T WIRELESS, INFINCOM, LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, SPRINT, AND UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Purpose: TO RECEIVE PRESENTATIONS ON VARIOUS ISSUES AFFECTING THE INTERACT AND THE WORLD OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $715.10
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO GET A CLOSE-UP VIEW OF THE CABLE INDUSTRY; DISCUSS THE CURRENT CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATION THAT EFFECTS THEIR INDUSTRY, DISCUSSION OF CURRENT FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND THE FUTURE AFFAIR ACCESS TO CONSUMERS IN THE CABLE VERSUS SATELLITE ARENA
Date: Apr 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,691.14
source

Destination: SAN JOSE-SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: APPLIED MATERIALS, AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, HEWLETT-PACKARD, INTEL, SBC, AND SOLECTRON CORP
Purpose: THIS 3 DAY FORUM ALLOWED STAFF TO SEE FIRST-HAND THE INNER WORKINGS OF HIGH-TECH MANUFACTURING. A SERIES OF COMPANY VISITS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES HELPED ILLUSTRATE THE IMPACT OF THE HIGH-TECH COMMUNITY ON THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND WORKFORCE AND SERVE AS A BA
Date: May 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $905.90
source


Trips traveled under the office of Ric Keller

Destination: REVIEW OF RIDE SAFETY AND ACCESSABILITY AT UNIVERSAL & WALT DISNEY WORLD ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Purpose: REVIEW OF RIDE SAFETY AND ACCESSABILITY AT MAJOR AMUSEMENT PARKS
Date: May 31, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,118.48
source

Destination:
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL TRIP ANALYZING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY/COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Anne Northup

Destination: LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY / LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/INDUSTRY RELATED
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $552.92
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brandon Steinmann.


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