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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*

Jennifer Stewart


Total cost of 9 trips: $32,179.36


Trips traveled under the office of John Boehner

Destination: LIMA, OHIO
Sponsor: General Dynamics Corporation
Purpose: TRIP TO THE JOINT SYSTEMS MANUFACTURING CENTER IN LIMA, OHIO TO LEARN ABOUT THE ONLY GOVERNMENT OWNED - CONTRACTOR OPERATED FACILITY PRODUCING COMBAT LAND SYSTEMS
Date: Jul 12, 2004
Expense: $682.24
source

Destination: BELGRADE, SERBIA
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF STUDY TOUR OF THE BALKANS, INCLUDING SERBIA, MACEDONIA, KOSOVO, AND MONTENEGRO
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $4,780.15
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Airbus
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT TO AIRBUS NORTH AMERICA FLIGHT TRAINING CENTER
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,158.28
source

Destination: CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO DISCUSS US-MOROCCAN RELATIONS, TRADE, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL REFORM IN MOROCCO, AND THE WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson

Destination: AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION/BAYLOR HOSPITAL VISIT
Sponsor: American Hospital Association and state affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATION FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: May 17, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,520.08
source


Trips traveled under the office of Gregory Meeks

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT.
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,320.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: CARIBBEAN TRADE MINISTERIAL
Date: May 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,293.80
source

Destination: QUITO, ECUADOR
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: III BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE AT THE XXXIV OAS GEN. ASSEMBLY
Date: Jun 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,638.04
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: European Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Dec 13, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $12,141.77
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jennifer Stewart.


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