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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

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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

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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.
  • 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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OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $25,049.02

Average cost per trip - $3,578.43
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 260 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressman John Conyers
Dates - April 19, 2001 - April 20, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Congressional Town Hall Meeting on Education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $539.50
Lodging Cost - $109.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $648.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines, AT&T, Microsoft
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Maria Cuprill-Owens

Travel Cost - $8,406.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,205.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Catharine Street Community Center, Inc.
Dates - January 18, 2001 - January 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Poughkeepsie, NY

Purpose - Speech at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $181.50
Lodging Cost - $203.96
Meal Cost - $385.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $770.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industry Council
Dates - April 26, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - congressional black caucus technology summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $469.50
Lodging Cost - $204.70
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $924.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SECME
Dates - July 15, 2002 - July 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,423.00
Lodging Cost - $637.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,060.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 6, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - 45th annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $373.00
Lodging Cost - $396.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $889.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - other: none disclosed spouse, Mira Cuprill-Owens

Travel Cost - $2,971.40
Lodging Cost - $4,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $10,551.40

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