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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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Back to The Data

Trips by*

Lance Kotschwar


Total cost of 11 trips: $10,225.97


Trips traveled under the office of Thad Cochran

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANELS TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR THE 108TH CONGRESS THAT IS IMPORTANT TO LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,006.00
source

Destination: DAKOTA CITY, NE
Sponsor: Tyson Foods Inc
Purpose: TOUR A LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER FACILITY TO DETERMINE CAPITAL INVESTMENT CHANGES REQUIRED BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING LAW
Date: Jun 6, 2003
Expense: $705.41
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,210.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: THIBODAUX, RARELAND, HOUMA & NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: SUGAR CANE PRODUCTION/REFINING TOUR & BRIEFING
Date: Oct 29, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $700.00
source

Destination: WYE WOODS CONF. CNTR, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: American Meat Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS/BRIEFINGS W/FOOD SECTOR ANALYSTS
Date: Mar 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $904.50
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: SPORTSMAN & RANCHERS FOR LAND STEWARDSHIP
Purpose: SPEECH/PRESENTATION AT CONFERENCE REGARDING FARM BILL
Date: Mar 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $466.00
source

Destination: STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: ASA ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM & 2002 FARM BILL POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 5, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,056.72
source

Destination: LAKE CHARLES & BATON ROUGE, LA
Sponsor: FARM CREDIT BANK OF TX; LOUISIANA FEDERAL LAW BANK
Purpose:
Date: Nov 26, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,143.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: Fertilizer Institute
Purpose: SPEAKER AT INSTITUTES ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 3, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $431.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS
Sponsor: Fiserv Mortgageserv
Purpose: REVIEW USDA'S DLOS SERVICING CENTER
Date: Feb 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,318.34
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Lance Kotschwar.


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