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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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    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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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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KAPTUR, MARCY, Democratic Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $16,970.03

Average cost per trip - $1,414.17
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 335 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - December 7, 2000 - December 8, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - deliver speech/Ukrainian national security program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $433.00
Lodging Cost - $223.77
Meal Cost - $204.41
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $861.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Chemical Society
Dates - March 26, 2000 - March 27, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - participate on a panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $946.50
Lodging Cost - $199.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,165.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Successful Farming Magazine
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ames, IA

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $786.50
Lodging Cost - $98.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $884.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Catholic Common Ground Initiative
Dates - February 3, 2001 - February 4, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Rochelle, NY

Purpose - Deliver speech to Catholic Common Ground Initiative
Notes -

Travel Cost - $263.51
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $263.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonweal Magazine
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speak - Commonweal/New York
Notes -

Travel Cost - $435.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $435.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Women for Responsible National Security
Dates - March 10, 2001 - March 10, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - South Bend, IN

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $651.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $651.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Law Institute
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 20, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia - Kiev, Ukraine

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,157.00
Lodging Cost - $305.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,542.00

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 - Meetings at United Nations and New York Stock Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $404.56
Meal Cost - $88.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $493.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sian Ka'an Conservation Foundation
Dates - April 12, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - international wildlife conservation
Notes - other expenses include bus

Travel Cost - $1,472.00
Lodging Cost - $330.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost - $19.50
Total Cost - $1,941.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Mexico

Purpose - To study effects of NAFTA
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,250.00
Lodging Cost - $625.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,125.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Biodiesel Board
Dates - January 30, 2005 - January 31, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Opening remarks at conference
Notes - Detroit - Ft Lauderdale - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $215.79
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $280.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Planning Assn
Dates - December 3, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - To speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $154.21
Lodging Cost - $106.18
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $325.39

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