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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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    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

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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.
  • 08.27.15

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Trips sponsored by

Americans for Democratic Action


Total cost of 9 trips: $8,435.66


Traveler: Bernard Sanders (from the office of Bernard Sanders)
Destination: LA, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT ADA CONFERENCE & PARCIPATE IN CONFERENCE MEETINGS
Date: Apr 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,263.35
source

Traveler: Dennis Kucinich (from the office of Dennis Kucinich)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: SPEECH & PANEL SEMINAR
Date: Apr 8, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $920.00
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Traveler: Dennis Kucinich (from the office of Dennis Kucinich)
Destination: CLEVELAND, LA, WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,769.00
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: LOS ANGELES
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 23, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,110.00
source

Traveler: Dennis Kucinich (from the office of Dennis Kucinich)
Destination: LA
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $368.00
source

Traveler: Jim Mcdermott (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: HOLLYWOOD, FL
Purpose: AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING
Date: Feb 24, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $437.43
source

Traveler: Jim Mcdermott (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: MEETING WITH UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS AND ADA MEMBERS
Date: Apr 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $178.50
source

Traveler: Jim Mcdermott (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: BURLINGTON, VERMONT
Purpose: NATIONAL BOARD MEETING
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $827.00
source

Traveler: Jim Mcdermott (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: HNL
Purpose: VISIT WITH THE LOCAL ADA CHAPTER, PUBLIC TV & RADIO APPEARANCES DISCUSSING HEALTH CARE
Date: Jun 2, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,562.38
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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