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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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    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.
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  • 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

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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HOYER, STENY HAMILTON, Democratic Party
Maryland

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $36,951.54

Average cost per trip - $4,105.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 39 days
Rank of representative - 174 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders - education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,494.00
Lodging Cost - $1,112.10
Meal Cost - $377.25
Other Cost - $408.70
Total Cost - $5,392.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham - Montgomery - Selma (3/4 to 3/6 portion of trip funded by sponsor) PM of March 6, departed Selma to attend political function at expense of 527 org.

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Recording Arts & Sciences
Dates - April 19, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Participate in town hall meeting with musicians and artists
Notes - Washington, DC - Nashville - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $766.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost - $317.00
Total Cost - $1,128.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Delhi, India - Agra, India

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Washington, DC - Delhi - Agra, India - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $6,911.44
Lodging Cost - $641.54
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,552.98

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Participate in panel at Spring Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Jacksonville, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $484.68
Lodging Cost - $1,044.00
Meal Cost - $406.66
Other Cost - $21.00
Total Cost - $1,956.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute, Alabama Power Company, Delta Air Lines Inc, Coca-Cola Co, DaimlerChrysler AG, Fannie Mae, General Motors Corp, Caterpillar Inc, Pew Charitable Trusts, Chamber of Commerce of the USA, Microsoft Corp
Dates - March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Alabama Pilgrimage to celebrate 35th Anniversary of '65 Voting Rights Act March
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham - Montgomery - Selma, AL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $635.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $989.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Homebuilders
Dates - January 16, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Attend Board of Directors Meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Dallas - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $364.41
Lodging Cost - $298.47
Meal Cost - $195.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $857.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 29, 2005 - May 1, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Participate in panel at spring retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans, LA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,540.63
Lodging Cost - $566.74
Meal Cost - $87.14
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,194.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2005 - August 15, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Washington, DC - Jerusalem - Tel Aviv - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $7,604.30
Lodging Cost - $4,446.00
Meal Cost - $914.14
Other Cost - $2,991.34
Total Cost - $15,955.78

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