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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*

Jon Traub


Total cost of 8 trips: $13,803.90


Trips traveled under the office of Jim Mccrery

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: SEMINARS & MEETINGS ON TAX & HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,552.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
Purpose: BRIEFINGS & VISITS RELATED TO NUCLEAR POWER & UTILITY DEREGULATION
Date: May 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $928.96
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, RENO, LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: International Game Technology
Purpose: TAX AND OTHER ISSUES AFFECTING THE GAMING INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,437.00
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Federation of American Hospitals
Purpose: TO LEARN HOW THE ISLAND'S HOSPITALS ARE AFFECTED BY MEDICARE PAYMENT POLICIES
Date: May 30, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,362.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: El Paso Corporation
Purpose: TO UNDERSTAND OFF-SHORE OIL DRILLING AND EXPLORATION THE ECONOMICS OF THESE VENTURES & THE ROLE OF THE TAX CODE
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,825.66
source

Destination: DC - SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: BROAD RANGING DISCUSSIONS ON PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES FACING THE CONGRESS
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,105.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Catholic Health Association and affiliates
Purpose: BIPARTISAN STAFF RETREAT TO DISCUSS HEALTH ISSUES IN CONGRESS
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $214.00
source

Destination: DC-AVENTURA FLORIDA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: LARGE AND SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS ON TAX AND OTHER ISSUES
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,379.28
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jon Traub.


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