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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

NAACP and affiliates


Total cost of 40 trips: $46,517.91


Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: OAKRIDGE, TN
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR ANNUAL FREEDOM FUND BANQUET
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $970.00
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: DENVER
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,203.00
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination:
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR FREEDOM FUND DINNER
Date: Mar 23, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $300.75
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO NEW ORLEANS TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: SPEAKER FOR THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE "WOMEN IN THE NAACP" WORKSHOP
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,750.00
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination:
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AS PANELIST AT 92ND ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jul 9, 2001
Expense: $1,044.25
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO HOUSTON TO LOS ANGELES
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT 2001 FREEDOM FUND AWARDS CELEBRATION
Date: Oct 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,292.00
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Nov 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,559.63
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PHOENIX, AZ TO LOS ANGELES
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT NAACP FREEDOM FUND DINNER
Date: Apr 12, 2002
Expense: $2,368.50
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: SAN JOSE, CA - WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Apr 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $3,382.79
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: AMERICUS, GA
Purpose: DELIVER KEY NOTE SPEECH
Date: Apr 27, 2002
Expense: $500.00
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON SUN., JULY 7TH IN HOUSTON, TX
Date: Jul 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $315.50
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: CHICAGO TO HOUSTON, TX. TO WASH. D.C.
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL
Date: Jul 8, 2002
Expense: $1,459.09
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: LOS ANGELES TO DETROIT TO DC
Purpose: SPEAK AT A PUBLIC POLICY RECEPTION (APR 25); NAACP CAREER DAY SPEAKER (APRIL 26); NAACP HIP-HOP SUMMIT SPEAKER (APR 26); NAACP FREEDOM FUND DINNER SPEAKER (APR 27)
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,780.00
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: CHICAGO - NEW ORLEANS - WASHINGTON
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,029.00
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: MEMPHIS-DETROIT-KNOXVILLE
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,017.50
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: LAS VEGAS
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,413.00
source

Traveler: Kristopher Anderson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR MEMBER
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $645.00
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: CARBONDALE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $645.00
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: LOS ANGELES TO SAN DIEGO TO FLAGSTAFF, AZ
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT NAACP TRAINING CONFERENCE; PLENARY SPEAKER AT SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE CONFERENCE FOR SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $801.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: COLUMBIA, SC
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE CONFERENCE OF THE NAACP
Date: May 21, 2004
Expense: $1,300.00
source

Traveler: Bobby Scott (from the office of Bobby Scott)
Destination:
Purpose: SPEAKER
Date: Jul 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $298.00
source

Traveler: Barney Frank (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: NEW YORK TO PHILADELPHIA TO DC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 12, 2004
Expense: $149.00
source

Traveler: Christopher Shays (from the office of Christopher Shays)
Destination:
Purpose: SPEAK AT NAACP MEMBERS AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jul 12, 2004
Expense: $108.00
source

Traveler: Kristopher Anderson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR REP. JACKSON
Date: Oct 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $565.39
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,494.39
source

Traveler: Kenneth Edmonds (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR REP. JACKSON
Date: Oct 15, 2004
Expense: $1,164.40
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 15, 2004
Expense: $2,022.70
source

Traveler: Jeffrey Thomas (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: DISTRICT OFFICE IN OAKLAND TO MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: STAFF MEMBER AT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $573.75
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH
Date: Oct 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $435.25
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: FORT WORTH TEXAS, BOSTON MASSACHUSETTES-BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING EVENT
Date: Jan 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $894.90
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD-SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS
Purpose: SPRINGFIELD BRANCH NAACP 84TH ANNUAL LINCOLN-DOUGLASS BANQUET
Date: Feb 13, 2005
Expense: $582.78
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: CLEVELAND, OHIO
Purpose: SPEAK AT FREEDOM FUND BANQUET
Date: Apr 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $493.90
source

Traveler: Rashahra Andreson (from the office of Bill Nelson)
Destination: ORLANDO
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NAACP SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Apr 14, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $138.00
source

Traveler: Shahra Anderson (from the office of Bill Nelson)
Destination: ORLANDO
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NAACP SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Apr 14, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $138.00
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: WASH., DC TO CHARLOTTE, NC TO CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: SPEAK AT DAISY BATES FORUM ON EDUCATION
Date: May 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $538.91
source

Traveler: Kendrick Meek (from the office of Kendrick Meek)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC.-DESTIN, FL-MIAMI, FL
Purpose: THE CONGRESSMAN MODERATED A GENERAL SESSION AT THE NAACP LEADERSHIP 500 SUMMIT IN DESTIN, FL
Date: May 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,351.40
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: KNOXVILLE, TN
Purpose: SPEAKING EVENT: FREEDOM FUND DINNER
Date: Jun 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $517.60
source

Traveler: Daraka Satcher (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: KNOXVILLE, TN
Purpose: SPEAKING EVENT: FREEDOM FUND DINNER
Date: Jun 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $517.60
source

Traveler: Keenan Keller (from the office of John Conyers)
Destination: MILWAUKEE, WI
Purpose: TO STAFF CONGRESSMAN CONYERS AS HE SPEAKS AT THE 21ST ANNUAL NAACP CONFERENCE CLE-LEGISLATIVE UPDATE PANEL
Date: Jul 10, 2005
Expense: $690.60
source

Traveler: Melvin Watt (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: MILWAUKEE, WI
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AS A GUEST SPEAKER AT THE 2005 ANNUAL NAACP CONVENTION.
Date: Jul 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,067.33
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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