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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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Trips sponsored by

National Workforce Association (NWA)


Total cost of 7 trips: $6,629.19


Traveler: John Spratt (from the office of John Spratt)
Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-ST. PETERSBURG, FL-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: GEN. SESSION SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE (BUDGET)
Date: Dec 7, 2003
Expense: $1,295.50
source

Traveler: Alex Nock (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: ST. PETESBURG, FL
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $487.00
source

Traveler: Stephanie Milburn (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: TAMPA, FL
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE NATIONAL WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE REGARDING REAUTHORIZATION OF THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT
Date: Dec 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $525.00
source

Traveler: Kent Conrad (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLA
Purpose: TO ADDRESS NATIONAL WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $814.29
source

Traveler: Christopher Mansour (from the office of Dale Kildee)
Destination: ST. PETERSBURG FL
Purpose: ATTENDING NWA NATIONAL CONVENTION AND SPEAKING ON A PANEL
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $794.40
source

Traveler: Jon Porter (from the office of Jon Porter)
Destination: ST. PETERSBURG
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT THE 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,455.10
source

Traveler: Robert Cochran (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: NORFOLK, VA-TAMPA, FL-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: SERVED ON PANEL TO DISCUSS ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS
Date: Dec 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,257.90
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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

    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