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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

    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

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  • 08.27.15

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    "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

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Trips sponsored by

Business Software Alliance


Total cost of 13 trips: $26,450.52


Traveler: Paul Unger (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: PALO ALTO, CALIF.
Purpose: MEET WITH HIGH TECH COMPANIES TO DISCUSS ISSUES PENDING BEFORE THE SENATE
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
source

Traveler: James Hunter (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: PALO ALTO, CA & SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCES
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,844.20
source

Traveler: Kathryn Webb (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: PALO ALTO, CA
Purpose: HIGH TECH CONFERENCE AND BRIEFING
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,844.20
source

Traveler: James Cobb (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA; PALO ALTO, CA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING-BUSINESS SOFTWARE ALLIANCE STAFF TRIP TO SILICON VALLEY
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,844.20
source

Traveler: Cameron Gilreath (from the office of Lamar Smith)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
source

Traveler: George Rogers (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: WASH. DC TO IAD (DULLES) TO SAN FRANCISCO/PALO ALTO & RETURN
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,043.20
source

Traveler: Lawrence Seyfriez (from the office of Eric Cantor)
Destination:
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
source

Traveler: J J Piskadlo (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: PALO ALTO AND SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
source

Traveler: Greg Garcia (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Purpose: TOUR HIGH TECH COMPANY SITES; REVIEW POLICY
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
source

Traveler: Nicole Gustafson (from the office of Steve King)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: RSA CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,200.18
source

Traveler: Ashley Proctor (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: WASHINGTON/IAD TO SAN FRANCISCO TO SEATTLE TO WASHINGTON
Purpose: ATTEND RSA SECURITY CONFERENCE, MEET WITH IT COMPANIES
Date: Feb 14, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $2,258.18
source

Traveler: Carla Buckner (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TO GATHER INFORMATION ON LATEST SECURITY TRENDS IN COMPUTER/TECH INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,200.18
source

Traveler: Nancy Scola (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: ATTEND RSA CONFERENCE (ON INFORMATION SECURITY)
Date: Feb 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,200.18
source



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