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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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    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

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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
  • 08.27.15

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Trips by*

Patricia Knight


Total cost of 15 trips: $16,461.27


Trips traveled under the office of Orrin Hatch

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Catholic Health Association and affiliates
Purpose: TO ATTEND ANNUAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE FOR SENIOR HILL STAFF REGARDING RANGE OF ISSUES INCLUDING MEDICARE REFORM
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $225.00
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Council on Health Care Economics and Policy
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITS
Date: May 11, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $435.38
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Alliance for Health Reform
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON MAJOR HEALTH ISSUES BEFORE 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $187.00
source

Destination: THOUSAND OAKS, CA
Sponsor: WellPoint Health Networks
Purpose: ATTEND SEMINAR FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO ADDRESS ISSUES BEFORE THE 107TH CONGRESS SUCH AS MANAGED CARE, MEDICARE DRUG COVERAGE, ANTITRUST EXEMPTION & UNISSUES
Date: Feb 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,080.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Medco Health Solutions Inc
Purpose: VISIT MERCK-MEDCO'S AUTOMATED PHARMACY TO LEARN HOW MANAGED PHARMACEUTICAL CARE PROGRAMS IMPROVE PATIENT CARE BEFORE HEALTH COSTS AND NOW THEY PLAY A ROLE IN ANY PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT FOR THE MEDICARE POP
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,240.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY; SEATTLE WASHINGTON; REDMOND, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE OFFICIAL PRODUCT LAUNCH OF MICROSOFT OFFICE XP IN NEW YORK CITY; GAIN FIRST-HAND INFORMATION ON THE INNOVATIONS TAKING PLACE AT MICROSOFT; AND PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH MICROSOFT EXECUTIVES
Date: May 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Destination: BELGIUM
Sponsor: GlaxoSmithKline
Purpose: TO VISIT A STATE-OF-THE-ART VACCINE MANUFACTURING FACILITY, AND TO DISCUSS VACCINE SHORTAGE, SAFETY WORLD HEALTH, AND BIOTERRORISM POLICY ISSUES
Date: May 24, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,947.71
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: NATIONAL NUTRITIONAL FOODS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: ADDRESS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ATTEND THE NATIONAL NUTRITION FOODS ASSN. ANNUAL CONVENTION AND TRADE SHOW
Date: Jun 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $983.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Healthcare Leadership Council
Purpose: TO PROVIDE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WITH A MULTI-SECTOR VIEW OF THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,499.00
source

Destination: THE HOMESTEAD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $895.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $389.00
source

Destination: KEY WEST AND MIAMI FLORIDA
Sponsor: American College Of Gastroenterology Inc
Purpose: THE PURPOSE IS TO EDUCATE STAFF ABOUT COLORECTAL CANCER AND SCREENING TESTS CURRENTLY COVERED BY THE MEDICARE PROGRAM
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,518.09
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: PHARMAVITE INC
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AARP ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Oct 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,025.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING STAFF TRIP ON THE BIOMEDICAL INDUSTRY IN CALIFORNIA
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,869.09
source

Destination: WHITE SULFER SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ATTEND THE BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFFS RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Patricia Knight.


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

    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.