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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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CONYERS, JOHN JR, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $3,425.77

Average cost per trip - $380.64
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 525 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Law School Black Student Association
Dates - March 5, 2004 - March 6, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To participate in the CBC and Harvard Black Law Students Association's Town Hall Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,175.38
Lodging Cost - $157.43
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,332.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nation of Islam
Dates - February 29, 2004 - March 1, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To attend NOI's Annual Savior's Day Celebration forum: "Reparations: What Does America and Europe Owe? What does Allah (God) promise?
Notes -

Travel Cost - $283.70
Lodging Cost - $135.58
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $419.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Greenville Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Greenville, MD

Purpose - To speak about the involvement of fraternity (sic) and sorority organizations in grass-roots organizing, politics, policy-making and the law.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $956.70
Lodging Cost - $75.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,031.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tavis Smiley Inc.
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - To be a panelist on the issue of health care and reparations. [sponsor listd on Ethics rpt for 2004.
Notes - Detroit, MI - Atlanta, GA

Travel Cost - $5.00
Lodging Cost - $337.08
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $342.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Office of Dorothy Tillman Alderman 3rd Ward
Dates - March 24, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - National Reparations Convention Committee keynote speaker
Notes - Detroit, MI - Chicago, IL - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $210.90
Lodging Cost - $89.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Recording Artists
Dates - February 8, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Los Angeles - Detroit This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Haiti Support Project
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 12, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - NY

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - New York - Detroit This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Anti-Discrimination Committee
Dates - March 13, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Newark - DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - State of Missouri Kansas City
Dates - May 16, 2005 - May 17, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Kansas City - DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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