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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

    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

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Trips sponsored by

Sallie Mae Inc


Total cost of 15 trips: $15,204.68


Traveler: Mary Ellen Ardouny (from the office of William Clay)
Destination: PANAMA CITY, FL
Purpose: TOUR OF SALLIE MAE STUDENT LOAN PROCESSING FACILITY
Date: Feb 7, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $833.80
source

Traveler: Charles Barone (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: WILKESBARRE, PENNSYLVANIA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT STUDENT LOAN SERVICING
Date: Jun 16, 2000
Expense: $869.03
source

Traveler: George Miller (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: WILKESBARRE, PENNSYLVANIA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT STUDENT LOAN SERVICING
Date: Jun 16, 2000
Expense: $869.03
source

Traveler: Todd Harper (from the office of Paul Kanjorski)
Destination: WILKES BARRE
Purpose: SUBSTANTIVE PARTICIPATION AT EVENT AT SALLIE MAE PROCESSING FACILITY IN WILKES-BARRE
Date: Nov 28, 2000
Expense: $1,733.00
source

Traveler: Robert Cochran (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Purpose: SPEECH TO FINANCIAL AID DIRECTORS
Date: Jan 13, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Traveler: Hillary Clinton (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: WHITE PLAINS, NY TO ROCHESTER NY TO LAGUARDIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRAVEL
Date: Feb 21, 2002
Expense: $1,117.50
source

Traveler: Huma Abedin (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: WHITE PLAINS, NY TO ROCHESTER TO LAGUARDIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Feb 21, 2002
Expense: $1,117.50
source

Traveler: Kris Balderston (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ROCHESTER NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIPS
Date: Feb 21, 2002
Expense: $940.50
source

Traveler: Dale Kildee (from the office of Dale Kildee)
Destination: ARRIVED EVENING OF 1/12/03, SPEECH TO CONFERENCE 1/13/2003
Purpose: SPEECH BEFORE CONFERENCE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID DIRECTORS
Date: Jan 12, 2003
Expense: $540.25
source

Traveler: Robert Cochran (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER ON HIGHER ED ISSUES
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $612.00
source

Traveler: James Kvaal (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: PALM BEACH FL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $580.00
source

Traveler: John Boehner (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Purpose: REMARKS TO THE SM BOARD AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,445.40
source

Traveler: Sally Lovejoy (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose:
Date: Feb 1, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $460.00
source

Traveler: John Lawrence (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: TO ADDRESS A MEETING OF HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCING REPRESENTATIVES.
Date: Feb 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,453.13
source

Traveler: Paula Nowakowski (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: SAN DIEGO
Purpose: SPEAKER AT FORUM ON FINANCIAL AID
Date: Feb 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,533.54
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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