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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

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    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

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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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    "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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MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $36,838.29

Average cost per trip - $5,262.61
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 176 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 9, 2000 - August 11, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO - Denver, CO

Purpose - Participant in roundtable on information technology
Notes -

Travel Cost - $379.00
Lodging Cost - $520.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $974.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 26, 2000 - January 30, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - To participate on a panel, Jan. 29-30 at personal expense
Notes - Took wife Susan Blumenthal

Travel Cost - $3,640.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,640.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 23, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment, Feb. 22-33 at personal expense
Notes - Took wife Susan Blumenthal

Travel Cost - $2,289.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,493.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 24, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - participant on panel
Notes - spouse Susan J. Blumenthal accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,944.00
Lodging Cost - $1,067.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,211.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. News and World Report
Dates - February 15, 2001 - February 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - panelist on program on first amendment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $972.73
Lodging Cost - $429.38
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,402.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Susan J. Blumenthal accompanied - Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,992.20
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,642.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 26, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Switzerland

Purpose - Participate in panels on various economic issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Switzerland - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $6,065.38
Lodging Cost - $2,280.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,475.38

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