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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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    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.
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Trips sponsored by

US-Malaysia Exchange Association


Total cost of 11 trips: $67,939.00


Traveler: Susan Mccue (from the office of Harry Reid)
Destination: MALAYSIA, HONGKONG
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER, DEFENSE & TOURARISM OFFICIALS, ECONOMISTS AND BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (11 days)
Expense: $6,976.66
source

Traveler: Brian Gaston (from the office of Richard Armey)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: MEET WITH MALAYSIAN AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE TO DISCUSS ISSUES PERTAINING TO TERRORISM, TRADE, HIGH-TECH, AND NATIONAL SECURITY
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $6,557.13
source

Traveler: Marc Mealy (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: TOKYO JAPAN-LUMPUR MALAYSIA-PENAG MALAYSIA-HONG KONG
Purpose: TO MEET US AND MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $6,487.81
source

Traveler: Darren Willcox (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: HONGKONG, KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 13, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $6,550.00
source

Traveler: Margaret Peterlin (from the office of Richard Armey)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT MALAYSIA'S PARTICIPATION IN WAR AGAINST TERRORISM
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $6,557.13
source

Traveler: Brian Diffell (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,266.77
source

Traveler: Alicia O'donnell (from the office of Doug Bereuter)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $3,684.92
source

Traveler: Mark Matzen (from the office of Rush Holt)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR/LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH MALAYSIAN & US BUSINESS OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $3,323.92
source

Traveler: Thomas Kahn (from the office of John Spratt)
Destination: KOREA-MALAYSIA-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: OFFICIAL BUSINESS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $3,345.00
source

Traveler: Earl Pomeroy (from the office of Earl Pomeroy)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC-KOREA-MALAYSIA-BISMARCK, ND
Purpose: THIS TRIP WAS DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN THE BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MALAYSIA AS LONG-TIME ALLIES AND KEY TRADING PARTNERS. THE COMPLETE LIST OF MEETINGS HELD IS ATTACHED
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,786.92
source

Traveler: John Doolittle (from the office of John Doolittle)
Destination: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA-LANGKAWI-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $15,402.74
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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