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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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    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

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Trips sponsored by

Ascension Health


Total cost of 7 trips: $7,206.16


Traveler: Alice Weiss (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO EVALUATE PRIVATE NON-PROFIT HEALTH CARE SAFETY
Date: Oct 25, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,485.00
source

Traveler: Jim Esquea (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: AUSTIN, TEXAS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SITE VISIT OF LOCAL HOSPITALS, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, AND HEALTH CLINICS
Date: Oct 25, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $907.00
source

Traveler: Valerie Henry (from the office of Greg Walden)
Destination: AUSTIN TX
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO SEE PRIVATE, NON PROFIT HEALTH SYSTEM APPROACH TO TREATING LOW-INCOME AND UNINSURED PATIENTS IN COMMUNITY CLINICS AROUND AUSTIN TX
Date: Oct 25, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $907.00
source

Traveler: Eric Rasmussen (from the office of Michael Crapo)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SITE VISIT TO EXAMINE EFFORTS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR UNINSURED AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $915.64
source

Traveler: Ari Strauss (from the office of Tim Holden)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Purpose: TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FIRSTHAND THE HEALTHCARE SAFETY NET FOR LOW-INCOME AND UNINSURE FAMILIES
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,160.24
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Traveler: Joye Purser (from the office of Lincoln Davis)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Purpose: INTRODUCE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO ASCENSION HEALTH AND ITS MODEL AS A HEALTH CARE SAFETY NET PROVIDER
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $915.64
source

Traveler: Robin Goracke (from the office of Collin Peterson)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Purpose: TO EXPAND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS TO INCLUDE RELIGIOUS-SPONSORED HEALTH CENTERS. TO DISCUSS THE CONTRIBUTIONS CATHOLIC HEALTH CENTERS HAVE ON THE UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $915.64
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