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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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Trips by*

Laverne Alexander


Total cost of 18 trips: $34,950.31


Trips traveled under the office of Donald Payne

Destination:
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (11 days)
Expense: $6,026.08
source

Destination: ST. LUCIA ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2004 DELEGATION TO ST. LUCIA & ANTIGUA
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,831.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: 2004 CONGRESSIONAL CARIBBEAN CAUCUS STAFF RETREAT
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,702.15
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: CARIBBEAN TRADE MINISTERIAL/CONGRESSIONAL CARIBBEAN COUNCIL
Date: May 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,293.80
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - QUITO, ECUADOR
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: III BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE AT THE XXXIV OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Date: Jun 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,668.51
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,130.81
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: II BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE AT THE XIV IBEROAMERICAN SUMMIT HEADS OF STATE AND HEADS OF GOVERNMENT
Date: Nov 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,282.80
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: Council for Opportunity in Education
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY FOR MANAGEMENT AND LEARNING CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 3, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,688.55
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,248.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Council for Opportunity in Education
Purpose: COUNCIL FOR OPPORTUNITY IN EDUCATION BOARD MEETING
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $831.85
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT; HEADS OF STATES AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS RELATIONS BETWEEN U.S. AND CARIBBEAN NATIONS
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $4,982.69
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Career College Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF CAREER COLLEGES
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,168.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: All Kinds of Minds
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR OF EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS
Date: Mar 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $625.71
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: CARIBBEAN CAUCUS STAFF RETREAT
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,890.31
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ECONOMIC SEMINAR
Date: Apr 28, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,607.00
source

Destination: SUNNY ISLES, FL
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S IV ANNUAL BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT ROUNDTABLE
Date: Jun 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,185.07
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: National Marrow Donor Program
Purpose: CORD BLOOD BANK AND TRANSPLANT CENTER SITE VISIT FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES
Date: Jul 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $738.48
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE ON "FREEDOM TO PROSPER"
Date: Aug 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,048.10
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Laverne Alexander.


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