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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

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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.
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Trips sponsored by

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Total cost of 10 trips: $4,653.75


Traveler: Lance Walker (from the office of Jeff Flake)
Destination: AIRLIE, A CONFERENCE CENTER IN WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Purpose: THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIP WAS TO "KICK OFF" AN ONGOING CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA RELATED ISSUES. THE STAFF GROUP WAS BI-CAMERAL AND BI-PARTISAN
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $261.25
source

Traveler: Jennifer Keaton (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: THE PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED TO EDUCATE CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS ABOUT AFRICAN ISSUES INCLUDING HIV/AIDS, TRADE, AND SECURITY
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $562.50
source

Traveler: Jayme White (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGES THAT CONFRONT AFRICA
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $562.50
source

Traveler: Kira Maas (from the office of Silvestre Reyes)
Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $522.50
source

Traveler: Mischa Thompson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: FORUM
Date: Jun 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $522.50
source

Traveler: Samantha Stockman (from the office of Frank Wolf)
Destination: AIRLIE CONFERENCE CENTER, WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA
Date: Jun 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $302.50
source

Traveler: Shannon Smith (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: AIRLIE, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
source

Traveler: Alexis Brandt (from the office of Steny Hoyer)
Destination: WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $460.00
source

Traveler: Geoff Plague (from the office of Steny Hoyer)
Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $460.00
source

Traveler: Bill Harper (from the office of Betty Mccollum)
Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM RETREAT ON AFRICA
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
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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