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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.

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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

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    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

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Trips by*

Jamila Thompson


Total cost of 8 trips: $13,002.41


Trips traveled under the office of Barbara Lee

Destination: MIAMI-HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: MARAZUL CHARTERS
Purpose: HUMANITARIAN DELEGATION TO DELIVER MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO THE DISABLED COMMUNITY IN CUBA. HELD MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS REGARDING EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY AND GOVERNMENT.
Date: Apr 9, 2003 (10 days)
Expense: $1,339.00
source

Destination: VISIT NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE & UN
Sponsor: Better World Campaign
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR AND BRIEFINGS FROM NYSE, UN STAFF AND US-UN EMBASSY.
Date: May 16, 2003
Expense: $144.00
source

Destination: MIAMI-CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
Sponsor: PACIFIC COAST SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN THE FIRST AFRO-COLOMBIAN INSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE IN CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA. MET GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS TOPICS RELATED TO US POLICY TOWARDS COLOMBIA FOCUSING PRIMARILY ON THE EFFECT ON AFRO-COLOMBIANS
Date: Jul 29, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,550.00
source

Destination: SOUFRIERE, ST. LUCIA-ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2004 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO ST. LUCIA & ANTIGUA
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,831.50
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: THE INTERRELIGIOUS FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS/THE CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS FOUNDATION
Purpose: MET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, VISITED CONSTITUENTS AT THE LATIN AMERICAN MEDICAL SCHOOL
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.73
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: 2004 CONGRESSIONAL CARIBBEAN CAUCUS STAFF RETREAT
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,702.15
source

Destination: ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN THE CARIB NEWS CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,005.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Public Private Ventures
Purpose: ATTENDED CONFERENCE ON PRISONER RE-ENTRY, EMPLOYMENT, MENTORING, RESEARCH, CASE MANAGEMENT, AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,080.03
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jamila Thompson.


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