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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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GEPHARDT, RICHARD A, Democratic Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $14,390.40

Average cost per trip - $1,798.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 12 days
Rank of representative - 375 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Address ATLA National Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $234.00
Lodging Cost - $373.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $607.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Dates - June 29, 2000 - June 29, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Address their annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,163.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,163.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
Dates - July 15, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To give a speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $151.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $151.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - November 30, -1 - November 30, -1
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Spouse Jane Gephardt accompanied. [assumed destination]. Meals included in lodging cost. No dates listed.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - ATLA yearly conference
Notes - no location indicated. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $545.00
Lodging Cost - $256.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $801.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO
Dates - March 9, 2004 - March 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - participate in annual meetings
Notes - with spouse Jane Gephardt. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $771.40
Lodging Cost - $499.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,270.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Panetta Institute, University of CA at Monterey
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - To be part of student program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,800.00
Lodging Cost - $299.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,099.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sunbelt Communications
Dates - July 29, 2004 - July 29, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - To meet with University Professors from US Colleges re: Educations Issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,348.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,348.00

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