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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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  • 08.27.15

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Trips sponsored by

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta


Total cost of 13 trips: $13,954.59


Traveler: Kate Scheeler (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: ATTEND BRIEFING BY FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK OF ATLANTA FROM STRUCTURE AND PURPOSE OF FHLB, REGULATORY REFORM OF GSES, DEPOSIT INSURANCE REFORM
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,200.00
source

Traveler: Erika Jeffers (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: BRIEFING AT WACHOVIA HEADQUARTERS AND STAFF TOUR OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN CHARLOTTE, NC
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING ON FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK SYSTEM AND DISCUSSION ABOUT BANK MERGERS WITH WACHOVIA
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,504.19
source

Traveler: Robert Griner (from the office of David Scott)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: May 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,032.70
source

Traveler: Christal Sheppard (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: ATLANTA AIRPORT
Purpose: TO UNDERSTAND THE GSES, THE FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANKS AND THE SECURITIZATION PROCESS
Date: May 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,032.70
source

Traveler: Emily Pfeiffer (from the office of Michael Castle)
Destination: ATLANTA
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $960.00
source

Traveler: Katherine Tromble (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: ATLANTA
Purpose: TO FAMILIARIZE STAFF WITH THE OPERATIONS OF THE FHL BANK AND ITS CURRENT PROGRAMS RELATED TO HOUSING
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $815.00
source

Traveler: Donald Auerbach (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: ATLANTA
Purpose: REVIEW FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK FIRSTHAND AND REVIEW BANK POLICIES
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $760.00
source

Traveler: Glen Downs (from the office of Walter Jones)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $760.00
source

Traveler: Greg Thomas (from the office of J. Gresham Barrett)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP.
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,092.70
source

Traveler: Gerald O'shea (from the office of Jeb Hensarling)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING / EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.70
source

Traveler: Benjamin Mckay (from the office of Katherine Harris)
Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,243.70
source

Traveler: Sherry Dudley (from the office of Tom Feeney)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: FINANCIAL SERVICES STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,092.70
source

Traveler: Glen Downs (from the office of Walter Jones)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,258.20
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