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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 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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  • 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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

William Sweetnam


Total cost of 10 trips: $9,878.80


Trips traveled under the office of William Roth

Destination: PHOENIX AZ
Sponsor: Employee-Owned S Corporation of America
Purpose: SPEECH TO GROUP ABOUT ESOP S CORPORATION LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR VARIABLE ANNUITIES
Purpose: SPEECHES TO NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 5, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $995.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Investment Company Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON PENSION PLAN LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: SPEECH AT SIA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SPRING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS SEMINAR TO DISCUSS RETIREMENT LEGISLATION
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,640.50
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO CA
Sponsor: American Society of Pension Actuaries
Purpose: SPEECH AT THE ASPA RETIREMENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REGARDING RETIREMENT LEGISLATION
Date: May 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,505.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: NEW YORK EMPLOYEE BENEFITS GROUP
Purpose: SPEECH ON CURRENT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LEGISLATION
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $457.90
source

Destination: SIMSBURK CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: CIGNA Corporation
Purpose: SPEAK AT CIGNA TAX DEPARTMENT CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 25, 2000
Expense: $471.40
source

Destination: ARMONK, NY
Sponsor: Financial Planning Association (FPA)
Purpose: SPEECH ON HR 1102 AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
Date: Nov 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $436.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and state affiliates
Purpose: PRESENTATION BEFORE NATIONAL TAX CONFERENCE FOR BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD ASSOCIATIONS
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $753.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Society of Pension Actuaries
Purpose: SPEECH TO ASPA & BENEFITS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $620.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named William Sweetnam.


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