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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*

Gordon Taylor


Total cost of 20 trips: $35,155.75


Trips traveled under the office of Chris John

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: El Paso Corporation
Purpose: NATURAL GAS SEMINAR AND PIPELINE FIELD TRIP
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,768.17
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: Resource Development Council for Alaska Inc
Purpose: TOUR NATURAL RESOURCE PROJECTS AND OBSERVE ALASKA ISSUES
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $6,674.00
source

Destination: MOROCCO
Sponsor: United States-Morroco Council on Trade and Investment
Purpose: TO FOSTER TRADE AND FOREIGN RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MOROCCO
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,585.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: FORUM ON ELECTRIC POWER ISSUES
Date: May 31, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $650.00
source

Destination: U.K. NUCLEAR REPROCESSING AND ENRICHMENT FACILITIES
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: VISIT BRITISH NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,542.93
source

Destination: NY, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: DISCUSSION WITH CABLE EXECUTIVES ABOUT THE INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,502.14
source

Destination: DETROIT
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: VISIT DETROIT AUTO SHOW AND TOUR AUTO FACILITIES
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,868.80
source

Destination: ATTEND ANNUAL CONVENTION
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WIRELESS 2002 CONVENTION
Date: Mar 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $950.79
source

Destination: PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $861.57
source

Destination: MEET WITH SONGWRITERS AND MUSIC EXECUTIVES
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT CHALLENGES FACING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 14, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $928.00
source

Destination: VISIT MICROSOFT HEADQUARTERS
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: VISIT MICROSOFT CAMPUS; DISCUSS PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,005.81
source

Destination: MEETINGS WITH FCC, IMPACT OF TRIENNIAL REVIEW, HEALTH OF TELECOM SECTOR
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TELECOM CONFERENCE IN AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,595.00
source

Destination: 3 DAY CONFERENCE AT NEMACOLIN RESORT, FARMINGTON PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ASSOCIATION FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY, AT&T, AT&T WIRELESS, INFINEON, LEVEL(3) COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, TELECORDIA, SBCA, SPRNT,UNIVERSAL
Purpose: TECH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $863.36
source

Destination: PORTLAND; OREGON; SEATTLE
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: VISIT WITH LEADERS OF THE HIGH TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,063.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: UNIVERSAL SERVICE DISCUSSION
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $921.28
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC POLICY RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,330.39
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: 2004 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,279.63
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING POLICY RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,812.62
source

Destination: HOTSPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $909.00
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,044.26
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Gordon Taylor.


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