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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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  • 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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RANGEL, CHARLES B, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $19,826.00

Average cost per trip - $2,478.25
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 303 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - education and fact-finding
Notes - accompanied by wife, Alma Rangel, son, Stephen Rangel

Travel Cost - $4,416.00
Lodging Cost - $990.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,766.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Community Institute
Dates - August 11, 2001 - August 15, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - educational and fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,000.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,675.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines
Dates - June 15, 2002 - June 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Purpose - promotion of trade and commerce between US and Dominican Republic
Notes -

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - participation in the 8th annual Caribbean multi-network business conference
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - December 12, 2002 - December 18, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding and education
Notes - other-none disclosed

Travel Cost - $4,600.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $220.00
Total Cost - $5,830.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Carib News
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Kitts and Nevis

Purpose - Participation in the Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Notes - New York City - St Kitts and Nevis and return

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $705.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,005.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Pacific Assembly Conference
Dates - August 11, 2004 - August 15, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - not specified
Notes - New York - Taipei - NY This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Pacific Assembly Conference, Ikuta Corp, Inje Univ
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 22, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - not specified
Notes - New York -Taipei - Tokyo -New York This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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