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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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    "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*

Yelberton Watkins


Total cost of 11 trips: $15,352.00


Trips traveled under the office of James Clyburn

Destination: CASABLANCA, RABAT, MARRAKECH IN MOROCCO AND LAAYOUNE IN WESTERN SAHARA
Sponsor: US-Morocco Affairs Council
Purpose: TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ALONG WITH OFFICIALS IN PUBLIC/PRIVATE SECTORS TO DISCUSS MUTUAL U.S.-MOROCCO ISSUES
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,757.08
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE/BELL ATLANTIC/HUMPTY DUMPTY INST.
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jun 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,122.09
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO CHARLESTON, S.C.
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $766.64
source

Destination: NETHERLANDS/(AMSTERDAM)
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES (INCLUDING URANIUM ENRICHMENT)
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,504.57
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUB
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: TRADE CONFERENCE-DISCUSSION OF DR-CAFTA REGULATORY & POLICY
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,037.05
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO AL CIVIL RIGHTS MONUMENTS AND SITES, BRIEFINGS, DISCUSSIONS, TOURS
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $863.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-SAN DIEGO-SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES-IMPLICATIONS, PROPOSALS FOR REWRITE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,023.50
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO-SAN FRANCISCO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND NCTA'S NATIONAL SHOW, MEET WITH CABLE INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES, DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,586.90
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: ATTEND POLICY SUMMIT. PARTICIPATE ON PANEL, DISCUSS COMMUNICATIONS ISSUES, INTERFACE WITH MANUFACTURES AND SUPPLIERS OF COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT
Date: Apr 8, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $528.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: DISCUSSION CAFTA, AND TRADE BRIEFINGS
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,890.31
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: TO ATTEND BIO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION, DISCUSS ISSUES WITH INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES AND DEVELOPMENT OF BIOTECH INDUSTRY OF SC
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $272.86
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Yelberton Watkins.


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