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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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ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL, Democratic Party
Puerto Rico

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $14,621.23

Average cost per trip - $2,436.87
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 368 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara, other costs non-specified

Travel Cost - $7,628.00
Lodging Cost - $840.00
Meal Cost - $372.00
Other Cost - $282.00
Total Cost - $9,122.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Tri Caucus Retreat
Notes - spouse Luisa Acevedo -- lodging cost includes meals -- filed 06/12/2002

Travel Cost - $121.62
Lodging Cost - $598.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $719.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - McAllen, TX - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - CHCI Board of Directors Retreat
Notes - filed 05/15/2002

Travel Cost - $319.00
Lodging Cost - $255.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $574.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico - Dallas, TX

Purpose - meeting with President Vincente Fox and other government officials and businessmen
Notes - spouse Luisa Gandara -- 2001, filed 05/2002

Travel Cost - $694.89
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,369.89

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $901.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,450.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara accompanied. Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes

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