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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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GONZALEZ, CHARLES A, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $17,737.18

Average cost per trip - $1,970.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 327 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Telecom Association
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 16, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Educational - Telecom policy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $588.00
Lodging Cost - $891.00
Meal Cost - $245.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,724.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 5, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - 2005 International CES Technology Program
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas, NV

Travel Cost - $379.70
Lodging Cost - $1,216.44
Meal Cost - $425.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $2,111.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Fact finding trip
Notes - Las Vegas - Detroit - San Antonio

Travel Cost - $631.20
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $265.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $1,606.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Greater Houston Partnership
Dates - February 28, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Greater Houston Partnership 2005 TX Congressional summit
Notes - San Antonio - Houston, TX - San Antonio, TX

Travel Cost - $202.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $202.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Int'l Economic Cooperation Assn
Dates - November 5, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact finding, educational visit
Notes - San Antonio, TX - Taiwan, ROC - San Antonio, TX

Travel Cost - $5,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Telecommunications Industry Assn
Dates - April 8, 2005 - April 10, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Policy summit
Notes - Washington, DC - Cambridge, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $242.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $592.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - All Kinds of Minds
Dates - March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Meeting on educational issues
Notes - Personal expense 3/12 - 3/14. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $304.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $304.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronic Assn
Dates - January 7, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - 2004 International CES Technology Program
Notes - San Antonio, TX - Las Vegas - San Antonio, TX

Travel Cost - $437.00
Lodging Cost - $1,216.44
Meal Cost - $570.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,223.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Telecom Assn
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 16, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Educational - Telecom Policy
Notes - Washington, DC - San Diego, CA - Washington, DC House of Representatives date stamp is illegible

Travel Cost - $588.00
Lodging Cost - $891.00
Meal Cost - $245.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,724.00

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