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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 Illinois


Total cost of 9 trips: $11,666.55


Traveler: Anne Marie Murphy (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-CHICAGO
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $934.43
source

Traveler: Jim Mcdermott (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: ORD
Purpose: ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR, REUNION WEEKEND 2000 GALA
Date: Sep 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,371.00
source

Traveler: Adam Magary (from the office of Donald Manzullo)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM/SEMINAR
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $807.43
source

Traveler: Jennifer Myers (from the office of Ray Lahood)
Destination: CHICAGO
Purpose: UIC - PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,013.43
source

Traveler: Michelle Yahng (from the office of John Shimkus)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: EDUCATION OF MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,009.43
source

Traveler: Joseph Leventhal (from the office of Timothy Johnson)
Destination: MEDICAL EDUCATION
Purpose: MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $851.93
source

Traveler: Jim Mcdermott (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: COLLEGE OF MEDICINE CONVOCATION SPEECH
Date: May 4, 2001
Expense: $0.00
source

Traveler: Paul Sarbanes (from the office of Paul Sarbanes)
Destination: CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS
Purpose: TO DELIVER THE PAUL DOUGLAS LECTURE
Date: Feb 17, 2004
Expense: $2,199.00
source

Traveler: Bernard Sanders (from the office of Bernard Sanders)
Destination: NEW YORK - CHAMPAIGN, IL - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SPEAKER, MEDIA REFORM CONFERENCE
Date: May 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $479.90
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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