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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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ROYBAL-ALLARD, LUCILLE, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $8,346.59

Average cost per trip - $1,669.32
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 452 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Hispanic University
Dates - June 2, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Commencement speaker and recipient of honorary doctorate degree
Notes - Other expenses for graduation costs and ground transportation

Travel Cost - $517.00
Lodging Cost - $458.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $538.00
Total Cost - $1,513.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact-finding tour or Wall Street and visit with finance officers
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Edward T. Allard III at his personal expense

Travel Cost - $320.10
Lodging Cost - $927.27
Meal Cost - $119.99
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,367.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - spouse, Edward Allard III accompanied, other costs are for registration fees. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,535.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - tri-caucus retreat congressional
Notes - spouse, Edward Allard III

Travel Cost - $1,388.96
Lodging Cost - $369.80
Meal Cost - $849.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,608.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials Educational Fund
Dates - March 29, 2005 - April 5, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Strategic planning process Board of Directors and staff retreat
Notes - DCA - Puerto Rico - DCA Including spouse Personal expense: 3/29, 4/3, 4/4, 4/5

Travel Cost - $478.11
Lodging Cost - $706.00
Meal Cost - $139.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,323.11

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