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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*

Bridget Walsh


Total cost of 10 trips: $12,599.67


Trips traveled under the office of Bill Nelson

Destination: SARASOTA, DESOTO, CHARLOTTE, HENDRY, GLADES COUNTIES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: AGRICULTURE EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV-YUCCA MOUNTAIN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO YUCCA MOUNTAIN
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $957.00
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, ORLANDO, KEYWEST, FL
Sponsor: FLORIDA MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ASSOC AND FL MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT PUBLIC POWER IN GENERAL AND SPECIFICALLY FL'S COMMUNITY OWNED ELECTRIC UTILITIES
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,187.71
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC ISSUES RETREAT
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $383.73
source

Destination: UNITED KINGDOM
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT THE NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,450.00
source

Destination: MAURAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose:
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,255.52
source

Destination: TAMPA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $785.00
source

Destination: DRESDEN GORLITZ, BERLIN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Checkpoint Charlie Foundation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,300.00
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL
Sponsor: TECO Energy Inc
Purpose: TOUR POLK POWER STATION
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $538.71
source

Destination: FLORIDA-KEYS
Sponsor: Nature Conservancy
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: May 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $817.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Bridget Walsh.


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