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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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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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Office of

F. Allen Boyd


Total cost of 46 office trips: $77,440.54


Trips by F. Allen Boyd
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $10,245.35

Destination: DEE DOT TIMBERLANDS, JACKSONVILLE FL
Sponsor: Dee Dot Timberlands
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,247.00
source

Destination: DEPART TALLY FOR ORLANDO
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEACH ON FQPA
Date: Jan 8, 2001
Expense: $220.75
source

Destination: GEORGIA TOWN HALL MEETING
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose: INFORMATIVE
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,389.00
source

Destination: ALDER, MT
Sponsor: Money Tree Inc
Purpose: INFORMATIVE/DISCUSSION LEADER * TOWN HALL MTG.
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,474.50
source

Destination: MN-SD
Sponsor: Dairy Farmers of America
Purpose: FACT FINDING/AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,337.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Dee Dot Timberlands
Purpose: ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION/FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,049.00
source

Destination: TALLAHASSEE, FL-MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: Alabama Electric Cooperative Inc
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER AT AE CO-OP'S BOARD MTG. MEET & GREET W/ BOARD MEMBERS IN MONTGOMERY (AE & WEST FL ELECTRIC CO-OP MEMBERS)
Date: Aug 26, 2004
Expense: $527.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of F. Allen Boyd

Jennifer Cannon
Elizabeth Green
Elizabeth Greer
Colleen Kroll
Jim Norton
Charla Penn
Robert Pickels
Diane Pratt
Christopher Schloesser
Craig Stevens
Matt Sulkala



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