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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*

Missy Branson


Total cost of 11 trips: $19,072.70


Trips traveled under the office of Howard Coble

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND/JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Trucking Associations
Purpose: REGULATORY & LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AFFECTING THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $828.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA RENO, NV; LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: International Game Technology
Purpose: TO PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO GAMING AND MANUFACTURING-RELATED ISSUE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,437.00
source

Destination: MONTREAL, CANADA
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION EDUCATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,409.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF CRUISE LINES
Purpose: RECEIVE BRIEFING ON TRAVEL INDUSTRY ISSUES A TO PARTICIPATE IN NEWSHIP-NAMING CEREMONY
Date: Nov 12, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $287.00
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: State of Qatar
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT QATAR'S GOVERNMENT AND CULTURE
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $6,740.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $372.00
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ACT, LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, NARM, PEGASUS, SPRINT, VERISIGN, VSDA, XO COMMUNICATIONS
Purpose: TECHPOLICY 2002 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $657.46
source

Destination: YUCCA MOUNTAIN, NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR OF YUCCA MOUNTAIN
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,104.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE ON THE AVIATION INDUSTRY
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,339.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON UNIVERSAL SERVICE
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $649.24
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V.
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EXAMINE THE ROK-US ALLIANCE AND TENSIONS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Missy Branson.


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