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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Fraser Verrusio


Total cost of 11 trips: $20,871.60


Trips traveled under the office of Richard Baker

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: EDUCATION AND LEGISLATIVE EXECUTIVE SEMINAR
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,386.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Don Young

Destination:
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,333.62
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING-CONGRESSIONAL INFORMATION PROGRAM
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,022.11
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: CONG. BRIEFING/FACT FINDING (FOCUS: YUCCA MOUNTAIN TOURISM)
Date: Nov 30, 2001
Expense: $1,449.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: CONF. ON AVIATION SAFETY, SECURITY, FUNDING PANEL DIPCUSSION.
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $4,195.04
source

Destination: CITY OF NORTH AUGUSTA, SC
Sponsor: City of North Augusta SC
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION/INFRASTRUCTURE ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $820.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEFS OF STAFF/SENIOR STAFF MEETING WITH LEADERSHIP TO DISCUSS GRASSROOTS, BUILDING CONDITIONS, WORKING WITH COMMITTEES ETC.
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $895.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT/INDUSTRY AND GOVT WORKING GROUP MTGS.
Date: Nov 30, 2003
Expense: $1,997.20
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES, US-EU TRANSPORTATION RELATIONS
Date: Oct 16, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $3,645.00
source

Destination: KONA, HI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT/PANEL DISCUSSION, MEETINGS RE: AVIATION INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,585.63
source

Destination: WASH, DC-WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Fraser Verrusio.


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