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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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    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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    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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  • 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

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Trips by*

Jane Oates


Total cost of 10 trips: $5,036.00


Trips traveled under the office of Edward Kennedy

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: JOB TRAINING PARTNERSHIP ASSO
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN WORKSHOPS ON WIA
Date: Nov 14, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $235.50
source

Destination: BOSTON, MASS
Sponsor: Northeastern University
Purpose: WIA IMPLEMENTATION-PARTICIPATION IN CONF
Date: Dec 6, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $333.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE OF STATE HIGHER EDUCATION EXECUTIVE OFFICERS (SHEEO)
Date: Aug 16, 2002
Expense: $267.09
source

Destination: CINCINNATI
Sponsor: Center for Occupational Research and Development
Purpose: SPEAK AT NATIONAL TECH PREP NETWORK CONFERENCE-ABOUT VOCATIONAL ED/WIA
Date: Oct 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,152.63
source

Destination: PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: National Urban League
Purpose: SPEAK AT NUL CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 28, 2003
Expense: $827.15
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Northeastern University
Purpose: SPEAK AT NORTHEASTERN CENTER FOR LABOR MARKET SHARES
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $167.50
source

Destination: BOULDER, CO
Sponsor: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
Purpose: PRESENTATION ON HEA REAUTHORIZATION FOR COUNCIL ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS OF NASULGC
Date: Aug 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $733.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Council for Opportunity in Education
Purpose: SPEAK ON HIGHER EDUCATION ACT (HEA) REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Sep 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $452.00
source

Destination: BOSTON & WORCESTER, MA
Sponsor: NEASC AND WORCESTER POLYTECH INSTITUTE
Purpose: NEW ENGLAND ASSOC. OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES ANNUAL MEETING WITH CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $388.63
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Purpose: SPEAK ON TITLE II OF HEA REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Feb 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $479.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jane Oates.


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