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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.

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

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Trips by*

Nicole Venable


Total cost of 14 trips: $47,879.72


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Collins

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Singapore International Foundation
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON SINGAPORE TRADE, ECONOMY US POLICY AND SOCIETY
Date: Aug 15, 1999 (7 days)
Expense: $6,184.16
source


Trips traveled under the office of William Jefferson

Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: STUDY US-MALAYSIAN ECONOMIC & POLITICAL RELATIONS, MEETINGS W/ GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Destination: BOTSWANA
Sponsor: Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry & Manpower
Purpose: CODEL TO INVESTIGATE DIAMOND INDUSTRY AND MANPOWER. REQUIRE AGOA IMPLEMENTATION, AND ANTI-AIDS INITIATIVES IN BOTSWANA
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,560.68
source

Destination: THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose:
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,923.32
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: MEETING & SPEECH AT CONNELL HEADQUARTERS TO ACCOMPANY REP. JEFFERSON
Date: Jul 10, 2001
Expense: $240.00
source

Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Sponsor: Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: MEETINGS REGARDING US-CHILE FTA NEGOTIATIONS
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,282.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA
Sponsor: CACJK-BUSINESS COORDINATING COMMITTEE AND GUATEMALA EMBASSY IN US
Purpose: HOLD MEETINGS REGARDING US-CAFTA AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT, NGO AND PRIVATE SECTOR
Date: Oct 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - JACKSONVILLE, FLA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: DIALOGUE ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS
Date: Dec 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,144.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: TRADE CONFERENCE & CAFTA MEETINGS
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,037.05
source

Destination: BRAZILIA-RIO
Sponsor: Brazil Information Center
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ BRAZIL GOVERNMENT ON TRADE, FTAA; DIALOGUE W/ LEGISLATIVE COUNTERPARTS; MEETING W/ IADB
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $6,640.60
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EMERGENCY TECHNOLOGIES AND RELEVANT POLICY IMPLICATIONS ON IP, EDUCATION AND ANTI-TRUST
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,566.95
source

Destination: BANGKOK-PHUKETH
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: GOVERNMENT MEETINGS ON US-THAILAND FTA, FOREIGN POLICY AND TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,116.25
source

Destination: WASH, DC-PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: TO ATTEND BIO INT'L CONVENTION, DISCUSS WITH INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES BIO ISSUES & DEVELOPMENT OF BIOTECH INDUSTRY IN LOUISIANA
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $272.86
source

Destination: MAROCCO (RABAT, CASABLANCA, MANNAHECH)
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: MEET W/ GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS US-MOROCCO FTA, WESTERN SAHARA, HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES, AND ECON DEVELOPMENT IN MOROCCO
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Nicole Venable.


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