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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 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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    "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

National Center for Family Literacy


Total cost of 11 trips: $8,714.47


Traveler: Alex Nock (from the office of William Clay)
Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Purpose: SEVERAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,265.00
source

Traveler: Lynn Selmser (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE FOR THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAMILY LITERACY TO DISCUSS FAMILY LITERACY
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,459.14
source

Traveler: William Goodling (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Jan 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $418.00
source

Traveler: Lynn Selmser (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: TENTH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FAMILY LITERACY, MARCH 18-20 IN DALLAS, TEXAS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN TENTH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FAMILY LITERACY
Date: Mar 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $969.23
source

Traveler: Lauren Gibbs (from the office of Raul Grijalva)
Destination: ORLANDO
Purpose: SPEAKING AT SEVERAL POLICY WORKSHOPS
Date: Feb 28, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $971.70
source

Traveler: Alex Nock (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE, ATTEND CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
Date: Feb 28, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $919.00
source

Traveler: Sally Lovejoy (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: DULLES/ORLANDO AIRPORT
Purpose: PANEL TO DISCUSS FAMILY LITERACY IN THE HEAD START ACT
Date: Mar 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $984.00
source

Traveler: Lauren Gibbs (from the office of Raul Grijalva)
Destination: LOUISVILLE, KY
Purpose: ATTEND BOARD MEETING ON BEHALF OF THE CONGRESSMAN
Date: Apr 23, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $531.30
source

Traveler: Laura Schiebelhut (from the office of Patrick Kennedy)
Destination: LOUISVILLE, KY
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE PROGRAMS OF THE NCFL'S HISPANIC FAMILY LITERACY INITIATIVE
Date: Apr 23, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $315.20
source

Traveler: Alex Nock (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: LOUISVILLE, KY
Purpose: SPEAK AT NCFL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $485.00
source

Traveler: Susan Brown (from the office of Anne Northup)
Destination: LOUISVILLE, KY
Purpose: 2005 FAMILY LITERACY CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 25, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $396.90
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