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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

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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.
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Back to The Data

Trips sponsored by

National Association of Federally Impacted Schools


Total cost of 10 trips: $13,649.74


Traveler: Robert Holmes (from the office of J.D. Hayworth)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: TO GIVE A SPEECH AND PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 2, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,389.33
source

Traveler: Lynn Selmser (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FEDERALLY IMPACTED SCHOOLS TO DISCUSS REAUTHORIZATION OF THE IMPACT AID PROGRAM
Date: Feb 2, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,225.51
source

Traveler: Lynn Selmser (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination:
Purpose:
Date: Feb 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,601.39
source

Traveler: Erin Strawn (from the office of Randy Cunningham)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE NAFIS REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 6, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Traveler: Alex Nock (from the office of George Miller)
Destination:
Purpose: SPEAK AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $725.00
source

Traveler: Jana Weir (from the office of Robin Hayes)
Destination: WASH DC-LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 4, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,105.00
source

Traveler: Sally Lovejoy (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: VEGAS
Purpose: CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS IMPACT AID PROGRAM
Date: Feb 4, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,176.34
source

Traveler: Erin Strawn (from the office of Randy Cunningham)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NAFIS REGIONAL CONFERENCE AND PARTICIPATE IN INFORMATION SHARING SESSIONS
Date: Feb 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source

Traveler: Cynthia Vukmer (from the office of James Inhofe)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING; SPEAKING AT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 9, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,371.43
source

Traveler: Colin Sheldon (from the office of Norman Dicks)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER, PANELIST AND PARTICIPANT
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $755.74
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.

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  • 08.27.15

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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

    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