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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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NADLER, JERROLD LEWIS, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $35,858.15

Average cost per trip - $3,259.83
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 180 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Casablanca, Morocco - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose -
Notes - other expenses not specified - spouse Joyce Miller - no purpose

Travel Cost - $3,082.00
Lodging Cost - $761.00
Meal Cost - $466.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $4,359.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - League of American Theaters and Producers, Theatre Communications Group
Dates - June 17, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Panel discussion on theater-participant
Notes -

Travel Cost - $227.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $227.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Comedy Central
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Manchester, NH

Purpose - Panelist on "Turning the Tables: Politicians Grill the Media"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $768.00
Lodging Cost - $230.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $1,033.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
Dates - November 16, 2001 - November 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,635.25
Lodging Cost - $482.40
Meal Cost - $38.20
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,155.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Civil Liberties Union
Dates - March 10, 2001 - March 10, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $388.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $388.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc., United Jewish Appeal
Dates - January 8, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Ground transportation and meals included in lodging

Travel Cost - $2,941.00
Lodging Cost - $379.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,320.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Railroads
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - participate in legislative conference
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joyce Miller

Travel Cost - $4,309.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,509.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Public Radio
Dates - June 11, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Taping of debate on Consumer bankruptcy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $192.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $192.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Pilgrimage visiting historic civil rights sites
Notes - Other cost is for entry fee

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $413.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Railroads
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 27, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - participate in panel discussion at legislative conference
Notes - went with Joyce Miller - filed June 11

Travel Cost - $3,722.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,034.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,631.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - personal expense 08/11/2003 to 08/12/2003, other costs are for security, went with spouse Josephine Miller

Travel Cost - $7,486.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $11,629.30

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