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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

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    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

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    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*

Jessica Wallace


Total cost of 11 trips: $17,877.15


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: PRESENTATION & SITE VISITS
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,591.02
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: ALTV AND DISNEY
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL; VISIT CEO/PRESIDENT COO
Date: Jan 21, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,380.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAK ON 2 PANELS
Date: Apr 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $640.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,157.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: EDUCATION OR ISSUES FALLING THE CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,033.57
source

Destination:
Sponsor: CES
Purpose: FACT-FINDING STAFF SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,940.15
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: TOUR SBC FACILITIES, MEETINGS WITH PRESIDENT
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,013.45
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, FACT FINDING & SPEAK ON PANEL
Date: May 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,433.02
source

Destination:
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ EXECUTIVES
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,200.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TOUR CES FLOOR, MEETINGS W/ MEMBER COMPANIES
Date: Nov 30, 2002
Expense: $2,082.13
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL
Date: Apr 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,406.81
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jessica Wallace.


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