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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*

Anthony Zaffirini


Total cost of 16 trips: $21,753.14


Trips traveled under the office of Charles Gonzalez

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose:
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,537.31
source

Destination: YUCCA MOUNTAIN NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: VISIT YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT
Date: May 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $752.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL - PREDATORY LENDING SEMINAR
Date: May 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $682.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO WALL STREET
Date: May 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,001.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: BOEING / MICROSOFT / WASHINGTON MUTUAL
Purpose:
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,978.83
source

Destination: TOUR AT CITIGROUP CREDIT CARD FACILITIES
Sponsor: Citigroup
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL - CREDIT PRACTICE
Date: Jan 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,394.50
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: TransUnion Corporation
Purpose: FAIR CREDIT DEPORT EDUCATION
Date: Feb 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $618.37
source

Destination: TEL AVIV
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL TRIP ON ISRAEL
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $3,570.29
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - NEW YORK
Sponsor: Instinet Corporation
Purpose: BRIEFING ON STOCK MARKET POLICY
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $711.42
source

Destination: PORTLAND MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING - CABLE INDUSTRY INVESTMENT IN BROADBAND
Date: Nov 30, 2003
Expense: $737.40
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: MEETINGS/EDUCATION ON COPYRIGHT INFRIGEMENT
Date: Jun 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $850.58
source

Destination: TAMPA-SAN ANTONIO-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: GOVT. AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,480.85
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: TELECOM POLICY BRIEFING
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,917.89
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: ANNUAL POLICY SUMMIT ON TELECOM POLICY
Date: Apr 8, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $592.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-TELECOM POLICY
Date: Apr 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,724.00
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: VISIT MANUFACTURERS IN DALLAS AREA
Date: Jul 1, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $1,204.20
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Anthony Zaffirini.


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