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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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  • 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*

Todd Harper


Total cost of 13 trips: $14,392.40


Trips traveled under the office of Paul Kanjorski

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE AND MERRILL LYNCH
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $801.00
source

Destination: HERSHEY, PA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
Purpose: PANELIST ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AT HOUSING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 9, 2000
Expense: $94.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Mortgage Insurance Companies of America
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING ON MORTGAGE INSURANCE ISSUES
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,328.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Council of Federal Home Loan Banks
Purpose: SPEAK AT & PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Aug 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,546.40
source

Destination: WILKES BARRE
Sponsor: Sallie Mae Inc
Purpose: SUBSTANTIVE PARTICIPATION AT EVENT AT SALLIE MAE PROCESSING FACILITY IN WILKES-BARRE
Date: Nov 28, 2000
Expense: $1,733.00
source

Destination: WILKES BARRE, PA
Sponsor: Fannie Mae
Purpose: SUBSTANTIVE PARTICIPATION IN HOUSING ANNOUNCEMENT
Date: Dec 18, 2000
Expense: $695.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON ECONOMY, SECURITIES ISSUES, BANKING
Date: May 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,001.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Council of Federal Home Loan Banks
Purpose: SPEAKER AT AND PARTICIPANT IN FHLBANK CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 29, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,021.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Academy of Actuaries
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFINGS ON INSURANCE AND ACTUARIAL ISSUES
Date: May 3, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $935.00
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Capital One Financial Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,401.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN AND SPEAKER AT FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK SYSTEM'S ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,010.00
source

Destination: Orlando, Fl
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FEDERAL CREDIT UNIONS
Purpose: Speech at and participation in NAFCU CEO's Conference
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $895.00
source

Destination: Miami, FL
Sponsor: National Association of Realtors
Purpose: Speech and participation at issues conference
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,930.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Todd Harper.


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