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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

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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*

Patrice Willoughby


Total cost of 11 trips: $16,018.66


Trips traveled under the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Destination: NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: BRIEFING ON ENERGY FUTURES MARKET
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON
Sponsor: American Petroleum Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP OF BRIEFINGS AND TOURS TO EXAMINE THE OIL AND NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY, EXPLORATION, REFINING, PRODUCTION OF NATURAL GAS AND OIL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,968.00
source

Destination: BRONX JOB CORPS, NY, NY, EDISON JOB CORPS, EDISON, NJ
Sponsor: National Job Corps Association
Purpose: BRIEFING ON JOB CORPS
Date: Aug 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $585.96
source

Destination: EGYPT (CAIRO, MINIA) ETHIOPIA (ADDIS ABABA, AWASSA, SOUTHERN NATIONS, NATIONALITIES, AND PEOPLE'S REGION)
Sponsor: BASIC EDUCATION COALITION: ACADEMY FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, SAVE THE CHILDREN, CARE, WORLD LEARNING
Purpose: TO EXAMINE BASIC AND GIRL'S EDUCATION. A FOUR PAGE REPORT IS ATTACHED
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $6,425.57
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Academy of Actuaries
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATION CONCERNING THE ROLE OF ACTUARIES, TERRORISM INSURANCE COVERAGE, AND ASSESSING RISK IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Date: May 3, 2002
Expense: $935.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: OHIO STATEWIDE HOUSING SUMMIT
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $443.13
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE ROLE OF ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES IN THE ENERGY MARKET, POWER PRODUCTION AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,696.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT TITLED "FREEDOM TO PROSPER" SESSIONS CONCERNED ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE EFFECT OF REGULATION ON MARKETS
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY - UNITED NATIONS
Sponsor: Federation for World Peace
Purpose: FACT FINDING - SYMPOSIUM ON RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CONGRESS AND THE UNITED NATIONS, AND UN REFORM
Date: Apr 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $511.00
source

Destination: Wash, DC - Philadelphia - Wash, DC
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: Chief of Staff Retreat, Policy discussions regarding applications of economical priciples
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Destination: Wash, DC - Jacksonville, FL - Wash DC
Sponsor: George Mason University and Gilette Corporation
Purpose: Policy discussions on free markets, tax policy and causes of disparte test scores between Minority and Majority students
Date: Dec 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,144.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Patrice Willoughby.


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