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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*

Andy Levin


Total cost of 13 trips: $27,226.95


Trips traveled under the office of Thomas Bliley

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL TELEVISION STATIONS & NATPE
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE & CONVENTION
Date: Jan 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $505.00
source

Destination: RANCHO MIRAGE, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH AT THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,243.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Oct 1, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,278.67
source


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination: CARLSBAD, CA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL NAB MEETING
Date: Jan 13, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $6,100.53
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Association of Local Television Stations
Purpose: ATTEND CONVENTION
Date: Jan 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $571.50
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: ATTEND RETREAT: TELECOMMUNICATION ISSUES FOR THE 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,959.65
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,517.11
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONVENTION
Date: Mar 17, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,537.50
source

Destination: PALO ALTO, CA
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE, SPEECH
Date: Jun 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,889.98
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN RETREAT
Date: Aug 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,661.18
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: ATTEND SEMINAR
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,839.89
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL NAB CONVENTION
Date: Apr 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,447.01
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND CONVENTION
Date: May 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,675.93
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Andy Levin.


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