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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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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

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BAIRD, BRIAN, Democratic Party
Washington

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $22,099.21

Average cost per trip - $3,683.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 282 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Denali, AK

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Spouse Dr. Rachel Nugent

Travel Cost - $1,280.38
Lodging Cost - $777.32
Meal Cost - $187.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,245.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Psychological Association
Dates - August 25, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Deliver William Bevan lecture at APA annual convention
Notes - Indicates both dates were at personal expense, other costs are copy services, trans cost includes $53 in cab fare

Travel Cost - $202.50
Lodging Cost - $184.04
Meal Cost - $18.11
Other Cost - $6.50
Total Cost - $411.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Educational - civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Notes - Spouse Rachel Nugent accompanied. Other costs are entry fees. $1000 of cost was paid personally by Baird

Travel Cost - $60.00
Lodging Cost - $168.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $80.00
Total Cost - $558.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Potomac, MD

Purpose - Congressional Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh
Notes - Spouse Rachel Nugent accompanied

Travel Cost - $25.00
Lodging Cost - $268.80
Meal Cost - $268.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $562.60

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 Rachel Nugent accompanied

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $635.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Japan Center for International Exchange
Dates - December 13, 2003 - December 20, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Kyoto, Japan

Purpose - International Exchange with Japanese Political, business, and social leaders
Notes - Spouse - Rachel Nugent

Travel Cost - $13,921.06
Lodging Cost - $2,057.94
Meal Cost - $957.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,936.96

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