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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

    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

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    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

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Trips by*

Paula Nowakowski


Total cost of 18 trips: $35,772.16


Trips traveled under the office of John Boehner

Destination: FIRST HEALTH KEY CLIENT WORKER'S COMPENSATION FORUM
Sponsor: First Health Group Corporation
Purpose: SPEAK AT FIRST HEALTH WORKER'S COMPENSATION KEY CLIENT FORUM
Date: Aug 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,628.96
source

Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: VISIT CUTTING EDGE HIGH TECH. FACILITIES AND HEAR EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,712.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: VIEW FASHION DESIGNS PRODUCED BY STUDENTS OF THE 2-YEAR DEGREE PROFESSIONAL COLLEGE
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,661.40
source

Destination: HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICAN PANNING CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Feb 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,104.00
source

Destination: ATTEND THE FIDM ANNUAL FASHION GALA
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: ATTEND THE FIDM ANNUAL FASHION GALA
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,245.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: College Loan Corporation
Purpose: TOUR CLC LOAN FACILITIES AND ATTEND BRIEFINGS RELATED TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Aug 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,499.00
source

Destination: TRENTON, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Educational Testing Service
Purpose: SPECIAL BRIEFING ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, ISSUES RELATED TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT REAUTHORIZATION AND OTHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $410.05
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: Wachovia Bank
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS THE VARIOUS PROPOSALS FOR THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT
Date: Jan 6, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,048.50
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL REPUBLICAN RETREAT-CONGRESS OF TOMORROW
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $784.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - HALF MOON BAY, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: VISIT CUTTING EDGE HIGH TECH FACILITIES AND TO HEAR EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON POLICY ISSUES
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,226.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Education Finance Council
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT ANNUAL EDUCATION FINANCE COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Date: Mar 10, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,918.78
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Center for Civic Education
Purpose: TO OBSERVE ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND THE US CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,134.05
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: U.S. CONGRESSIONAL STAFF EXCHANGE 2004 DELEGATION
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $10,337.38
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL CHAMBER FOUNDATION AMERICAN BENEFITS INSTITUTE
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PENSION REFORM RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.00
source

Destination: WEST VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ANNUAL BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $636.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Sallie Mae Inc
Purpose: SPEAKER AT FORUM ON FINANCIAL AID
Date: Feb 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,533.54
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: ATTEND THE FIDM ANNUAL EVENT
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,463.40
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Education Finance Council
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT EFC'S 13TH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Date: Mar 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,548.10
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Paula Nowakowski.


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