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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

    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

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Trips sponsored by

University of Phoenix


Total cost of 15 trips: $14,418.86


Traveler: Charles Barone (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, BRIEFING ON UNIVERSITY'S EDUCATION PROGRAM
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $539.00
source

Traveler: George Miller (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, BRIEFING ON UNIVERSITY'S EDUCATION PROGRAM
Date: Apr 2, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,363.50
source

Traveler: Sherry Harper (from the office of Ron Kind)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC - PHOENIX
Purpose: VISIT THE CAMPUS
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $638.00
source

Traveler: James Kvaal (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: LAS VEGAS
Purpose: TOUR TWO CAMPUSES, MEETINGS WITH UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS & HRD STAFF
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $648.11
source

Traveler: Alex Nock (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: TOUR COLLEGE CAMPUSES IN PHOENIX AND IN VEGAS, MEET WITH UNIVERSITY, OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $648.11
source

Traveler: Todd Haiken (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: FACT-FINDING FOR REAUTHORIZATION OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1965
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,270.00
source

Traveler: Allen Fleming (from the office of Michael Enzi)
Destination: PHOENIX ARIZONA
Purpose: VISIT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX FLAGSHIP CAMPUS AND DISTANCE LEARNING CENTER IN PHOENIX, AZ
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,259.50
source

Traveler: Greg Johnston (from the office of John Carter)
Destination: PHOENIX FOR FACT FINDING TRIP TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,215.50
source

Traveler: Rachel Post (from the office of Vernon Ehlers)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: DISTANCE EDUCATION/HIGHER EDUCATION FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,037.89
source

Traveler: Sally Lovejoy (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING MEETING ON HIGHER ED ISSUES
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,364.00
source

Traveler: Nora Smith (from the office of Betty Mccollum)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: TO PREPARE FOR HEA REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,215.50
source

Traveler: Sarah Rittling (from the office of Michael Castle)
Destination: PHOENIX
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $924.00
source

Traveler: Angela Klemack (from the office of Patrick Tiberi)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF UOP'S EXTENSIVE ON-LINE EDUCATION PROGRAMS; CONSIDER NEW POLICY FOR THE HIGHER ED. REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,041.50
source

Traveler: Ellynne Bannan (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: DCA-PHOENIX, AZ ROUNDTRIP
Purpose: MEETINGS REGARDING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR PROFIT UNIVERSITIES & DISTANCE EDUCATION
Date: Jun 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $612.25
source

Traveler: Heath Weems (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX AND THEIR PERSPECTIVES ON THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT
Date: Jun 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $642.00
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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