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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.

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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CARSON, JULIA, Democratic Party
Indiana

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $23,455.79

Average cost per trip - $2,931.97
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 269 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Botswana

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding trip
Notes - Dates of Travel are stated as April 6-7 and April 12-13. Dates of Botswana visit are stated as April 9-12 01.

Travel Cost - $8,313.21
Lodging Cost - $1,447.48
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,110.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CBC Policy & Leadership Institute
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Educational - trade policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $100.75
Lodging Cost - $336.00
Meal Cost - $76.66
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $513.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $5,400.00
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost - $370.00
Total Cost - $7,570.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - educational -- CBC health and environmental justice brain trusts
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $585.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - women's caucus issues visit to the NYSE
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost - $273.00
Lodging Cost - $372.06
Meal Cost - $88.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $733.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - leadership summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $331.10
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $531.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,807.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 5, 2004 - April 8, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Purpose - mental health roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,176.00
Lodging Cost - $240.02
Meal Cost - $34.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,450.52

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation Coalition
Dates - July 22, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Minority health summit - to promote minority health
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Indianapolis, IN

Travel Cost - $455.66
Lodging Cost - $229.65
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $685.31

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