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

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*

Shawn Whitman


Total cost of 9 trips: $11,908.35


Trips traveled under the office of Craig Thomas

Destination: FROM WASHINGTON, DC TO ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,434.00
source

Destination: COLORADO
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Dec 14, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,700.00
source

Destination: ELKO, NV-MORANCI, AZ-PRONO, UT-SALINA, UT
Sponsor: Gold Institute
Purpose: MINING TOUR
Date: May 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,020.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, PA
Sponsor: NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF TOUBOAT & UNDERGROUND COAL SERVICE FACILITY
Date: Jul 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $303.95
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
Purpose: GIVE PRESENTATION OF GROUP OF NACO WESTERN STATE MEMBER STATES ABOUT VARIOUS LEGISLATIVE & POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jul 13, 2001
Expense: $199.00
source

Destination: DUCK KEY, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF UTILITY INDUSTRY AND RURAL TELECOMMUNICATION ISSUES
Date: Feb 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Comptel/ASCENT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING COMPETITIVE TELECOMMUNICATION ISSUES
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $708.40
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING AT BICAMERAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Shawn Whitman.


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