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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

National Association of Letter Carriers


Total cost of 11 trips: $12,225.74


Traveler: Neil Abercrombie (from the office of Neil Abercrombie)
Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $119.00
source

Traveler: Denise Wilson (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE FORUM & CONVENTION
Date: Aug 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $950.00
source

Traveler: Robert Taub (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: TO ADDRESS NATIONAL CONVENTION ON POSTAL ISSUES
Date: Aug 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $781.47
source

Traveler: Daniel Moll (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: CHICAGO
Purpose: ADDRESS LEGISLATIVE WORKSHOP AT NAT'L. CONVENTION
Date: Aug 1, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,825.00
source

Traveler: Barney Frank (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: BOSTON-CHICAGO-MEMPHIS
Purpose: SPEECH AT NALC CONVENTION
Date: Aug 2, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,338.74
source

Traveler: David Bonior (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: HARBOR SPRINGS MICHIGAN
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $259.90
source

Traveler: Neil Abercrombie (from the office of Neil Abercrombie)
Destination: ORANGE CO. CA
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $459.50
source

Traveler: Nanci Langley (from the office of Daniel Akaka)
Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Purpose: TO SERVE ON A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL TO DISCUSS S. 2468, THE POSTAL REFORM BILL AT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS' CONVENTION
Date: Jul 17, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $850.00
source

Traveler: Richard Boykin (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: HONOLULU, HI
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,450.00
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Purpose:
Date: Jul 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,080.46
source

Traveler: Ronald Martinson (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC/HONOLULU, HAWAII
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONVENTION-SEMINAR ON RETIREMENT ISSUES AFFECTING FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES. (ALSO SPENT DAY AT US NAVY FACILITIES AT PEARL HARBOR-MEETINGS WITH CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS)
Date: Jul 20, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,111.67
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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

    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