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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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  • 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*

Christal Sheppard


Total cost of 9 trips: $13,259.67


Trips traveled under the office of Bart Gordon

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE FORUM'S ANNUAL RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION WHICH IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS THAT SPONSORS NON-PARTISAN, EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY BRIEFINGS. THE RETREAT SUBJECT WAS THE: THE IMP
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $377.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: ATTENDED THE MIT 2004 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "SOCIAL AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,225.85
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WASHINGTON BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOMEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS AND THE BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION (BIO) EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF THE LIFE SCIENCES COMMUNITIES IN THE PUGET SOUND REGION. TITLED "GOOD SCIENCE GOOD BUSINESS." AND ATTENDED PRESE
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,554.23
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Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: University of Colorado
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SECOND-ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FIELD TOUR. THE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF LOOKED FIRST-HAND AT WESTERN ENERGY ISSUES. I ALSO VISITED SEVERAL SITES OF INTEREST ON COLORADO'S FRONT RANGE
Date: Aug 3, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $952.44
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,100.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Alfred P Sloan Foundation
Purpose: TO ATTEND MIT'S 2005 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNET REVOLUTION, ITS POLICY AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,018.87
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Association for Competitive Technology
Purpose: TO ATTEND SUMMIT FOCUSING ON THE ROLD OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $644.00
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Destination: REDMOND, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TOUR MICROSOFT FACILITY; VIEW PRODUCTS; MEET WITH COMPANY'S TECHNOLOGISTS AND DISCUSS PUBLIC POLICY MATTERS
Date: Jun 2, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,354.58
source


Trips traveled under the office of Mel Watt

Destination: ATLANTA AIRPORT
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
Purpose: TO UNDERSTAND THE GSES, THE FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANKS AND THE SECURITIZATION PROCESS
Date: May 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,032.70
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* - Trips by all travelers named Christal Sheppard.


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