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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*

Nate Woodward


Total cost of 10 trips: $8,737.82


Trips traveled under the office of Maxine Waters

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF LABOR ISSUES. TO ACCOMPANY AND PROVIDE SECURITY FOR REP. WATERS
Date: Sep 11, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $360.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: ACCOMPANY MEMBER WHO WAS A PARTICIPANT IN LEADERSHIP PANEL TO DISCUSS CENSUS 2000, HIV/AIDS IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, AND ISSUES OF BLACK FARMERS;PARTICIPANT IN MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMEMORATION ACTIVITIES
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,053.16
source

Destination: BLACKSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Virginia Tech
Purpose: TO ACCOMPANY THE MEMBER WHO WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2000 CELEBRATION
Date: Feb 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,522.03
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: SEATTLE HIGHLINE COLLEGE FOUNDATION
Purpose: FEATURED LECTURER ON "HIP HOP AND AMERICAN SOCIETY," A PROGRAM FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Date: Feb 24, 2000
Expense: $522.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, LOUISVILLE, KY - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: AME Church
Purpose: ACCOMPANY MEMBER WHO DELIVERED THE PRINCIPAL ADDRESS AT THE A.M.E. 13TTH DISTRICT CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF BISHOP H.H. BROOKINS.
Date: Mar 20, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,419.50
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Links Inc
Purpose: ACCOMPANY MEMBER WHO WAS RECIPIENT OF THE CATLETT AWARD FOR SERVICE AND SPEAKER AT 2000 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF LINKS, INC
Date: Jul 7, 2000
Expense: $567.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, CA
Sponsor: United Steelworkers of America
Purpose: ACCOMPANY MEMBER WHO WAS KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Aug 9, 2000
Expense: $170.60
source

Destination: FRESNO, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL WOMEN'S POLITICAL CAUCUS
Purpose: ACCOMPANY MEMBER WHO WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY LUNCHEON
Date: Aug 26, 2000
Expense: $330.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues
Purpose: RECIPIENT OF THE JOHN ALLEN BLUE AWARD FOR HER ONGOING WORK ON HIV/AIDS
Date: Dec 1, 2000
Expense: $410.88
source

Destination: NORFOLK, VA TO TALLAHASSEE TO JACKSONVILLE, FL TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: DEMOCRACY SUMMER INSTITUTE (TALLAHASSEE), HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ELECTION REFORM (JACKSONVILLE)
Purpose: ACCOMPANY AND STAFF THE MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Date: Jun 17, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,382.65
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Nate Woodward.


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