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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

University of Rochester


Total cost of 10 trips: $8,658.75


Traveler: Francesca Tedesco (from the office of Amory Houghton)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING SEMINAR ON GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Aug 24, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $728.88
source

Traveler: Nicole Rutberg (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY
Purpose: PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,020.18
source

Traveler: Jennifer Ubelhart (from the office of Vito Fossella)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER
Purpose: FACT FINDING-GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $959.57
source

Traveler: Tina Mufford (from the office of Thomas Reynolds)
Destination: "PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION"
Purpose: TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS AND CHALLENGES OF MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND TEACHING HOSPITALS.
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $381.38
source

Traveler: Sally Schaeffer (from the office of Louise Mcintosh Slaughter)
Destination:
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT MEDICAL SCHOOL EDUCATION AND FEDERAL PUBLIC POLICY IMPACTING TEACHING HOSPITALS
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,052.18
source

Traveler: Cynthia Johnson (from the office of Louise Mcintosh Slaughter)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTERS
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,052.18
source

Traveler: Katharine Bowen (from the office of John Lafalce)
Destination: BUF
Purpose: PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $894.38
source

Traveler: Hillary Clinton (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY TO WHITE PLAINS
Purpose:
Date: Oct 11, 2002
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Traveler: Huma Abedin (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY TO WHITE PLAINS, NY
Purpose: ACCOMPANY SENATOR TO OFFICIAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 11, 2002
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Traveler: Kerk Phillips (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NEW YORK
Purpose: PRESENT ACADEMIC PAPER
Date: Nov 11, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $370.00
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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