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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

    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

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Trips by*

Jeannette Windon


Total cost of 12 trips: $33,249.12


Trips traveled under the office of Mark Kirk

Destination: MOROCCO (RABAT - MARCAKECH - OUARZAZATE) - PARIS (PERSONAL)
Sponsor: POPULATION ACTION INTERNATIONAL U.S. COMMITTEE FOR U.N.F.P.A.
Purpose: INVESTIGATE FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAMS
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (11 days)
Expense: $7,680.00
source

Destination: ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE AND OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO
Sponsor: Global Health Council
Purpose: STUDY HIV/AIDS SITUATION
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $3,172.32
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: POPULATION RESOURCE CENTER
Purpose: ATTEND BOARD MEETING
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $390.05
source

Destination: NEW DELHI & DARMSALA, INDIA; KATMANDU, NEPAL
Sponsor: International Campaign for Tibet
Purpose: INVESTIGATE TIBETAN REFUGEES
Date: Dec 9, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $3,600.00
source

Destination: YEREVAN, ARMENIA DAY TRIP TO NAZORNO KARABATH
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: TO INVESTIGATE AND EVALUATE USAID PROGRAMS, POLITICAL & ECONOMIC SITUATION IN ARMENIA
Date: Aug 14, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,287.00
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND-MAE SOT, THAILAND-BANGKOK
Sponsor: US CAMPAIGN FOR BURMA/HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION CENTER, AND CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT SITUATION INSIDE BURMA, REFUGEES FROM BURMA, AND U.S. FUNDED PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT BURMA AND BURMESE
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,512.00
source

Destination: AMMAN, JORDAN
Sponsor: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON U.S. ASSISTANCE TO JORDAN, U.S./JORDAN RELATIONS AND JORDAN'S POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $1,912.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Gilead Sciences
Purpose: AN EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON HIV/AIDS AND HEPATITIS B INCLUDING TREATMENTS, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, ACCESS INITIATIVES AND PATIENT PERSPECTIVES
Date: Aug 11, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,547.00
source

Destination: CAIRO EGYPT
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: U.S.-EGYPTIAN RELATIONS-MIDDLE EAST POLICY-U.S. ASSISTANCE TO EGYPT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $2,728.00
source

Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION ON U.S.-MOROCCAN RELATIONS, AND RECENT REFORMS IN THE REGION
Date: Feb 12, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Porter

Destination: CHIAPAS AND MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Sponsor: Mexico Solidarity Network
Purpose: INVESTIGATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION
Date: Jan 7, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,104.00
source

Destination: INDONESIA, EAST TIMOR
Sponsor: East Timor Action Network
Purpose: INVESTIGATE EAST TIMOR REFUGEE CRISIS
Date: Apr 22, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $1,801.75
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jeannette Windon.


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