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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*

Joyce Brayboy


Total cost of 12 trips: $31,393.19


Trips traveled under the office of Mel Watt

Destination: WASH., DC-LONDON-KUALA LUMPAR, MALAYSIA/LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EDUCATIONAL, BUSINESS AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE WITH VARIOUS BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN MALAYSIA
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: National Urban League
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY ISSUES THAT CONCERN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY
Date: May 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $299.00
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: European Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A EDUCATIONAL, BUSINESS AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE WITH VARIOUS BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATIONS AND OFFICIALS IN FRANCE
Date: Dec 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $11,717.89
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-SAN DIEGO, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: UNITED STATES TELECOM ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS AND THE CALIFORNIA TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNET ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DEALING WITH POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,952.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Investment Company Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON SECURITIES MARKET STRUCTURE
Date: Sep 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,147.28
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO VISIT CABLE INDUSTRY FACILITIES AND TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ISSUES FACING THE CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,364.37
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN BRIEFINGS, DEMONSTRATION AND HIGH-LEVEL DISCUSSIONS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT ISSUES RELATED TO THE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.
Date: Jan 28, 2005
Expense: $695.01
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ISSUES THAT IMPACT THE GAMING AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRIES.
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,571.00
source

Destination: HALF MOON BAY, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TO VISIT SEVERAL HIGH-TECH FACILITIES AND PARTICIPATE IN EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON MAJOR PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES FACING THE INDUSTRY.
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,996.16
source

Destination: HALF MOON BAY, CA - SAN FRANCISCO - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 2005 NATIONAL SHOW SPONSORED BY NCTA TO MEET WITH CABLE PROVIDERS, PROGRAMMERS AND SUPPLIERS LEARN FIRST HAND HOW THE INDUSTRY OPERATES AND THEIR PUBLIC POLICY CONCERNS.
Date: Apr 2, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,624.27
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FL
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2005 CONGRESSIONAL CARRIBEAN CAUCUS STAFF MEETING.
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,890.31
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A SERIES OF HIGH LEVEL SESSIONS ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES RELATED TO BROADCAST, CABLE AND SATELLITE TELEVISION THAT CONGRESS WILL FACE DURING THE 109TH
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Joyce Brayboy.


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