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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 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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Trips by*

Sampak Garg


Total cost of 8 trips: $12,332.29


Trips traveled under the office of John Conyers

Destination: LOS ANGELES, LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,800.95
source

Destination: 2/22 DULLES TO SFO 2/23 TOUR OF GENERTECH
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,342.35
source

Destination: DULLES-SAN FRANCISCO-PALO ALTO-MONTEREY
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,712.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Vanguard Media
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON PAYOLA IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AT RADIO INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: May 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $706.50
source

Destination: SFO
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: FACT-FINDING ON BIOTECH INDUSTRY: PATENT LAWS, STEM CELL RESEARCH, ETC.
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,683.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON NATIONAL-NEW ORLEANS-DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT-FINDING RE: CABLE AND BROADCAST TELEVISION ISSUES (SHVIA)
Date: May 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,493.21
source

Destination: DCA, LAS VEGAS, IAD
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY BRIEFINGS/DISCUSSIONS - FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,923.83
source

Destination: ASPEN
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON COPYRIGHT POLICY
Date: Aug 20, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,670.45
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sampak Garg.


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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.