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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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Trips sponsored by

United Auto Workers


Total cost of 7 trips: $2,620.23


Traveler: David Bonior (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: ONAWAY, MICHIGAN (BLACK LAKE)
Purpose: SPEAKERS ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $270.00
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Traveler: David Bonior (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: DETROIT-LAS VEGAS-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: SPEAKERS ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 3, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $526.60
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Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: SPEECH TO NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF LEGAL SERVICE WORKERS (NOLSW)
Date: Jan 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $321.14
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Traveler: Amador Aguillen (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS TO CLEVELAND, OHIO TO WASHINGTON, DC (LORRAINE, OHIO)
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE 8TH ANNUAL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $220.00
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Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THEIR 3RD ANNUAL DIVERSITY DINNER CEREMONY
Date: Jan 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $286.20
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Traveler: Louise Mcintosh Slaughter (from the office of Louise Mcintosh Slaughter)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY - ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
Purpose: SPEAKER AT A CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $155.00
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Traveler: Wm. Lacy Clay (from the office of William Clay)
Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN, CINCINNATI, OH
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT-UAW REGION 3'S 4TH ANNUAL DIVERSITY DINNER & AWARDS CEREMONY
Date: Jan 15, 2005
Expense: $841.29
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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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.