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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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Trips sponsored by

University of Arkansas


Total cost of 9 trips: $6,811.31


Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER AT THE RURAL LIFE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $327.50
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER * 11TH ANNUAL SUMMER CONFERENCE GALA
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $150.00
source

Traveler: Brandon Mcbride (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: MONTICELLO, AR, PINE BLUFF, AR, STUTTGART, AR, CONWAY, AR, GRAVELTA, AR, ERYETTEVILLE
Purpose: TO VISIT AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE IN EACH COMMUNITY
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
source

Traveler: Robert Holifield (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: ARKANSAS
Purpose: TOUR FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
source

Traveler: Andrew Grobmyer (from the office of Mark Pryor)
Destination: ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK, MONTICELLO, PINE BLUFF, STUTTGART, FAYETTEVILLE
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES AND THE UNIVERSITY'S DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
source

Traveler: Nathan Read (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: MONTICELLO, AR-FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Purpose: AGRICULTURE TOUR OF ARKANSAS
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
source

Traveler: Charlotte Shasteen (from the office of John Boozman)
Destination: LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT AGRICULTURAL PROJECT IN ARKANSAS
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,403.18
source

Traveler: James Savage (from the office of Vic Snyder)
Destination: ARKANSAS
Purpose: TOUR OF AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS THAT RECEIVE PORTIONS OF THEIR FUNDING FROM FEDERAL SOURCES
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $822.01
source

Traveler: Christopher Causey (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT TO NORTHWEST REGIONAL AIRPORT (FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS)
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION REGARDING UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE EXTENSION SERVICE PROGRAMS. THESE FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS INCLUDE THE BEEF IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND THE FOOD SAFETY CONSORTIUM
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $680.58
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.

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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