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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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  • 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

Society for Womens Health Research


Total cost of 14 trips: $8,063.10


Traveler: Jennifer Griffith (from the office of Olympia Snowe)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $495.00
source

Traveler: Diana Degette (from the office of Diana Degette)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: SPEAK AT A FORUM ON WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,028.00
source

Traveler: Rhonda Richards (from the office of Barbara Mikulski)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY - NEW YORK RENAISSANCE HOTEL
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE WOMEN'S HEALTH LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2000
Expense: $239.10
source

Traveler: Rhonda Richards (from the office of Barbara Mikulski)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Purpose: WOMEN'S HEALTH LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Amy Slavin (from the office of Loretta Sanchez)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Keya Sanders (from the office of Cynthia Mckinney)
Destination: WOMEN'S LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIES CONFERENCE
Purpose: TO DISCUSS WOMEN'S HEALTH INITIATIVES FOR 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Apriel Hodari (from the office of Cynthia Mckinney)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: WOMEN'S HEALTH LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Cameron Gilreath (from the office of Judy Biggert)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Cary Gibson (from the office of Shelley Berkley)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - TO LEARN ABOUT WOMEN'S HEALTH RESEARCH
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Robin Bachman (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: 1 1/2 DAY CONFERENCE & FIELD VISIT
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WOMEN'S HEALTH LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Carolyn Holmes (from the office of Sue Kelly)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: WOMEN'S HEALTH CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Stacey Rampy (from the office of Anna Eshoo)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: WOMEN'S HEALTH STRATEGY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Shannon Darcy (from the office of Shelley Moore Capito)
Destination:
Purpose: WOMEN'S HEALTH LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Cary Gibson (from the office of Shelley Berkley)
Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Purpose: EDUCATION CONFERENCE ON WOMEN'S HEALTH POLICY
Date: Mar 21, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $511.00
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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.

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