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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

Back to The Data

Trips sponsored by

Tri-City Industrial Development Council (TRIDEC)


Total cost of 19 trips: $12,931.96


Traveler: William Miner (from the office of David Wu)
Destination: RICHLAND TO HANFORD
Purpose: FACT FINDING REGARDING THE HANFORD NUC. RESERVATION
Date: Aug 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $188.50
source

Traveler: Chris Huckleberry (from the office of Darlene Hooley)
Destination: HANFORD
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION OF HANFORD FACILITIES
Date: Aug 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $188.50
source

Traveler: Jack Silzel (from the office of George Nethercutt)
Destination: TOUR HANFORD FACILITY AT RICHLAND, WASHINGTON
Purpose:
Date: Aug 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $195.00
source

Traveler: Rian Windsheiner (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: RICHLAND, WASHINGTON
Purpose: BRIEFINGS AND TOUR OF HANFORD FACILITY
Date: Aug 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $80.00
source

Traveler: Richard Krikava (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: TRI-CITIES, WA/HANFORD NUCLEAR FACILITY
Purpose: TOUR OF HANFORD FACILITIES AND REVIEW OF NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT AND CLEAN UP
Date: Aug 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $200.00
source

Traveler: Jeff Markey (from the office of Doc Hastings)
Destination: RICHLAND, WA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TO HENFORD RESERVATION
Date: Aug 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $225.00
source

Traveler: Tim Valentine (from the office of Lamar Alexander)
Destination: RICHLAND, WASHINGTON
Purpose: TOUR THE HANFORD CLEANUP SITE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,449.44
source

Traveler: Scott Baker (from the office of Jay Inslee)
Destination: Tri-Cities, WA
Purpose: OFFICIAL VISIT TO DEPT. OF ENERGY'S HANFORD CLEANUP SITE.
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $815.41
source

Traveler: David Dreher (from the office of Peter Defazio)
Destination: RICHLAND, WA
Purpose: INFORMATION TOUR OF HANDFORD NUCLEAR RES.
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $547.13
source

Traveler: Jessica Gleason (from the office of Doc Hastings)
Destination: HANFORD NUCLEAR WASTE SITE
Purpose: STAFF TRIP/TOUR HANFORD NUCLEAR WASTE SITE
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,174.81
source

Traveler: Todd Young (from the office of Doc Hastings)
Destination: RICHLAND, WA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF HANFORD NUCLEAR CLEANUP SITE
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,511.90
source

Traveler: Greg Thomas (from the office of J. Gresham Barrett)
Destination: RICHLAND, WASHINGTON
Purpose: HANFORD SITE FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $862.87
source

Traveler: Eli Hopson (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: HANFORD, WA - SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: TO PERFORM OVERSIGHT AT THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY, AND TOUR THE NUCLEAR WASTE SUE AT HANFORD
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,306.22
source

Traveler: Jessica Gleason (from the office of Doc Hastings)
Destination: HANFORD NUCLEAR WASTE SITE IN WASHINGTON STATE
Purpose: HANFORD SITE FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,147.40
source

Traveler: Karl Anderson (from the office of George Nethercutt)
Destination: PASCO, WA
Purpose: HANFORD SITE FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,178.41
source

Traveler: Sean Hughes (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: SPOKANE, WA - PASCO, WA
Purpose: HANFORD SITE FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Aug 18, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $501.25
source

Traveler: Louis Lauter (from the office of Rick Larsen)
Destination: RICHLAND
Purpose: TO STUDY NUCLEAR WASTE CLEANUP ACTIVITIES * THE HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $299.54
source

Traveler: David Condon (from the office of Cathy Mcmorris)
Destination: RICHLAND
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT PROGRAMS AT HANFORD AND PNNL
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $231.86
source

Traveler: George Poulios (from the office of Cathy Mcmorris)
Destination: DC TO PASCO, WA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF THE DEPT. OF ENERGY'S HANFORD SITE IN WA STATE. RECEIVED BRIEFINGS ON ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP PROGRESS. MET WITH DOE OFFICIALS AND PROJECT MANAGERS
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $828.72
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