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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.
  • 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 by*

Ann Copland


Total cost of 7 trips: $16,180.50


Trips traveled under the office of Thad Cochran

Destination: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: THE FLORIDA LAW RELATED EDUCATION ASSOC. & JONES COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE
Purpose: US DELEGATION TO HUNGARY OF THE CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION CIVITAS INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,615.00
source

Destination: NY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Association of America's Public Television Stations (APTS)
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN MEETINGS OF READY TO LEARN PRODUCERS AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL PUBLISHERS
Date: Jan 30, 2002
Expense: $470.00
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Destination: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Sponsor: Center for Civic Education
Purpose: OBSERVE AND MEET WITH CIVITAS CLASSROOMS, TEACHERS AND STAFF
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,196.50
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Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL COUNCIL ON ECONOMIC EDUCATION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND OVERSIGHT OF EDUCATION TRAINING PROGRAM FOR RUSSIAN EDUCATORS BY U.S. DEPT OF ED SPONSORED EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Dec 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $1,117.00
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Destination: GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI
Sponsor: Achievement Technologies Inc
Purpose: VISIT SCHOOLS, OBSERVE SPECIALIZED EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE IN USE BY STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,400.00
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Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Center for Civic Education
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO SCHOOLS TO OBSERVE ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND THE US CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION, IN AND AROUND PRAGUE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC; VISIT W/ AMERICAN AMBASSADOR AND CZECH REPUBLIC EDUCATION MINIST
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,172.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN INFORMATIVE BRIEFINGS BY TAIWAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, LOCAL OFFICIALS, AND CIVIC ENTITIES, WITH OTHER CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Mar 20, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $7,210.00
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* - Trips by all travelers named Ann Copland.


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