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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*

Sally Lovejoy


Total cost of 12 trips: $20,026.36


Trips traveled under the office of John Boehner

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $625.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NEW AMERICAN SCHOOLS
Purpose: TO VISIT SCHOOLS IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA
Date: Feb 27, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,211.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Education Leaders Council
Purpose: TO VISIT ALASKA SCHOOLS
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,591.50
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: University of Phoenix
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING MEETING ON HIGHER ED ISSUES
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,364.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Sallie Mae Inc
Purpose:
Date: Feb 1, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $460.00
source

Destination: VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Federally Impacted Schools
Purpose: CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS IMPACT AID PROGRAM
Date: Feb 4, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,176.34
source

Destination: DULLES/ORLANDO AIRPORT
Sponsor: National Center for Family Literacy
Purpose: PANEL TO DISCUSS FAMILY LITERACY IN THE HEAD START ACT
Date: Mar 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $984.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - ORLANDO FLORIDA
Sponsor: Education Leaders Council
Purpose: SPEAKING ON IDEA
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $604.00
source

Destination: OAKLAND, CA/SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Wachovia Bank
Purpose: TO DISCUSS STUDENT AID ISSUES FACING THE 109TH CONGRESS
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,100.00
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO FOCUS ON ISSUES RELATED TO INSTRUCTION AND TEACHER QUALITY
Date: Aug 23, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,545.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO FLA
Sponsor: Education Leaders Council
Purpose: DISCUSSION ON ACHIEVEMENT PROCESS OF NCLB
Date: Dec 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $655.60
source


Trips traveled under the office of William Goodling

Destination: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Sponsor: Center for Civic Education
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 4TH ANNUAL SUMMER SEMINAR OF CIVITAS: AN INTERNATIONAL CIVIC ED. EXCHANGE PROG. TO ENABLE BOTH INTERNATIONAL US PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL ED. PROG. TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES IN CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Date: May 25, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $2,709.92
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sally Lovejoy.


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