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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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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

    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

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ACKERMAN, GARY L, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $33,243.44

Average cost per trip - $4,749.06
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 195 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by wife Rita Ackerman

Travel Cost - $2,277.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,481.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Rita Ackerman

Travel Cost - $1,784.20
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,789.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - August 7, 2001 - August 17, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - NY - London, England - Damascus, Syria - Jerusalem, Israel - Amman, Jordan - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $13,929.12
Lodging Cost - $1,872.66
Meal Cost - $36.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,837.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Long Island Federation of Labor
Dates - September 21, 2003 - September 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Saratose Springs, NY

Purpose - Speak on federal issues
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $133.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $133.64

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Educational (market issues)
Notes -

Travel Cost - $234.00
Lodging Cost - $308.03
Meal Cost - $165.99
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $708.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - $70 for cell phone

Travel Cost - $3,700.00
Lodging Cost - $850.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $4,970.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - September 12, 2005 - September 12, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Learn about issues affecting the capital market
Notes -

Travel Cost - $248.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $323.20

Additional family members - No

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