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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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  • 08.27.15

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Trips sponsored by

Amgen Inc


Total cost of 9 trips: $18,767.67


Traveler: Sarah Walter (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - THOUSAND OAKS, CA
Purpose: TOUR AMGEN FACILITIES
Date: Oct 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,020.00
source

Traveler: Kim Zimmerman (from the office of Ben Nelson)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: TO MEET WITH AMGEN OFFICIALS TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR PHARMACEUTICALS
Date: Aug 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,009.41
source

Traveler: Pat Bousliman (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: VISIT TO AMGEN'S SEATTLE FACILITY. TRIP WILL INCLUDE DISCUSSION OF MEDICARE PAYMENT FOR RENAL DIALYSIS AS WELL AS ISSUES SURROUNDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF BIOTECH INDUSTRY IN THE STATE OF MONTANA
Date: Aug 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,525.00
source

Traveler: Brian Nagle (from the office of Ernest Hollings)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL POLICIES ON THE BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY AND DIALYSIS TREATMENT CENTERS
Date: Aug 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,990.26
source

Traveler: Kaitlin Mccolgan (from the office of Michael Capuano)
Destination: SEATTLE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,992.91
source

Traveler: Karlin Mcneill (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL TRIP TO AMGEN HELIX FRESLIH SOCIATY WA
Purpose: TOUR OF AMGEN FACILITY AND DIALYSIS CLINIC
Date: Aug 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,915.62
source

Traveler: Matt Sulkala (from the office of F. Allen Boyd)
Destination: NEW YORK-SEATTLE-DCA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,395.18
source

Traveler: Nicholas Shipley (from the office of Jay Inslee)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SEATTLE, WA (ROUND TRIP)
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION REGARDING HEALTH CARE, COSTS, AND DIABETES TREATMENT
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,133.13
source

Traveler: Jaime Herrera (from the office of Cathy Mcmorris)
Destination: DCA REAGAN NATIONAL TO SEATTLE, WA SEATTLE TO SPOKANE (WA)
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP TO AMGEN HELIX FACILITY AND TO NORTH WEST KIDNEY CENTER TO LEARN ABOUT THE ROLE AMGEN IN PLAYING IN PRODUCING BIOTECH MEDICATION FOR THINGS LIKE KIDNEY FAILURE
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,786.16
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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