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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

    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*

Richard Vaughn


Total cost of 8 trips: $9,919.05


Trips traveled under the office of William Jenkins

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MARYLAND
Sponsor: MCI (formerly WorldCom Inc)
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS SEMINAR
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $865.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ASSOC. FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY, AT&T, CABLE & WIRELESS LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS MICROSOFT, MP3.COM, PEGASUS, SAIC, VERISIGN, WINSTAR, XD COMMUNICATIONS, DUTVO GROUP
Purpose: DISCUSSION ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES DEALING WITH THE INTERNET
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $588.76
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, FACT-FINDING TOUR & MEETING OF AOL TIME WARNER PROPERTIES
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,752.00
source

Destination: CORONADO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON CURRENT TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,796.60
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA/COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION
Purpose: MEETING WITH LOCAL MUSIC INDUSTRY TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,117.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO KINGSPORT, TN
Sponsor: Eastman Chemical Co
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH EASTMAN OFFICIALS AND TOUR OF COAL GASIFICATION FACILITY
Date: May 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $617.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: OBSERVE AND MEET WITH CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS EMPLOYEES TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES WITH RADIO, TELEVISION, OUTDOOR ADVERTISING, AND EVENT PROMOTIONS
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,329.42
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: 2005 TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,852.77
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Richard Vaughn.


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