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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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    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

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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.
  • 08.27.15

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Trips sponsored by

University of California at Berkeley


Total cost of 12 trips: $18,111.15


Traveler: Carline Jelsma (from the office of Bud Shuster)
Destination: UNIV OF CALIFORNIA, BESKELEY, CA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,386.00
source

Traveler: David Bonior (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,725.92
source

Traveler: Earl Blumenauer (from the office of Earl Blumenauer)
Destination: BERKLEY, CA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THEIR URBANISM CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $787.75
source

Traveler: Paul David Wellstone (from the office of Paul David Wellstone)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,787.00
source

Traveler: Bob Filner (from the office of Bob Filner)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: US-MEXICO FUTURES FORUM
Date: Sep 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,507.00
source

Traveler: Sherrod Brown (from the office of Sherrod Brown)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FORUM ON US-MEXICO
Date: Sep 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,594.00
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: BERKELEY
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT A PUBLIC FORUM ON HAITI, ATTENDED BY FACULTY, STUDETS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Date: Apr 15, 2004
Expense: $378.00
source

Traveler: Sherrod Brown (from the office of Sherrod Brown)
Destination: MORELIA, MEXICO
Purpose: 3RD ANNUAL MEXICO FUTURES FORUM
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,414.36
source

Traveler: Gene Green (from the office of Gene Green)
Destination: MORELIA, MEXICO
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE U.S.-MEXICO FUTURES FORUM
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $904.34
source

Traveler: Chris Cannon (from the office of Chris Cannon)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA-MORELIA, MEXICO-SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Purpose: U.S.-MEXICO FUTURES FORUM MEETING. THE FUTURES FORUM IS AN UNIQUE NETWORK OF LEADING POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ACTORS, WHO THINK ABOUT THE ISSUES FACING BOTH COUNTRIES
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,844.54
source

Traveler: Virginia Mosqueda (from the office of Linda Sanchez)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA-MORELIA, MICHOACAN-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: STAFFED CONGRESSWOMAN LINDA SANCHEZ WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE THIRD ANNUL MEETING OF THE U.S.-MEXICO FUTURES FORUM
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,148.90
source

Traveler: Linda Sanchez (from the office of Linda Sanchez)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA-HOUSTON, TX-MORELIA, MEXICO-HOUSTON, TX-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE THIRD ANNUAL UNITED STATES - MEXICO FUTURES FORUM
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,633.34
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