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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

    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

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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

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

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  • 08.27.15

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WATT, MELVIN L, Democratic Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 30
Total cost of trips - $90,364.38

Average cost per trip - $3,012.15
Total number of days spent traveling - 106 days
Rank of representative - 44 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Eulada Watt accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,780.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,930.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - joint listening sessions of CBC health and environmental justice brain trusts
Notes - spouse Eulada Watt accompanied, other expenses are for two Spoleto concert tickets.

Travel Cost - $546.58
Lodging Cost - $519.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost - $43.00
Total Cost - $1,248.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Dates - April 25, 2002 - April 27, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Regional Transportation Braintrust
Notes -

Travel Cost - $654.50
Lodging Cost - $237.00
Meal Cost - $345.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,236.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Tricaucus retreat between CBC, CHC, CAPAC
Notes - lodging expenses include meals

Travel Cost - $121.62
Lodging Cost - $1,346.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,467.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education
Notes - lodging expenses include meals, spouse Eulada Watt accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,985.50
Lodging Cost - $1,710.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,695.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a conference on U.S. and Mexico relations
Notes - with spouse Eulada Watt

Travel Cost - $2,818.50
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $990.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,533.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Tri-Caucus retreat between the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American caucus
Notes - with spouse Eulada

Travel Cost - $2,012.10
Lodging Cost - $569.70
Meal Cost - $761.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,343.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 27, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - meet with Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc to discuss financial services committee related issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $960.80
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $47.79
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,008.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - with spouse Eulada

Travel Cost - $1,926.60
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,666.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - attend 8th annual Caribbean Multinational Business Conference
Notes - with spouse Eulada - lodging includes meals and ground transportation

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,100.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Potomac, MD

Purpose - retreat
Notes - with spouse Eulada - meals covered in lodging

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $536.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $536.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - spouse Eulada Watt

Travel Cost - $2,882.02
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,502.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 25, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - to attend the CBC Institute-sponsored Democratic presidential debate in Detroit
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $250.70
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Brazil
Notes - spouse Eulada Watt

Travel Cost - $2,448.00
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,718.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Dates - March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Congressional Black Congress trip to Cuba
Notes - [Amended to drop a sponsor name]

Travel Cost - $890.23
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $79.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,329.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Inc, Recording Industry Association of America
Dates - February 6, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - intellectual property and copyright issues in the recording industries
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,633.46
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,383.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - to attend the retreat on economic and security issues in Africa and the Caribbean basin
Notes - spouse Eulada Watt. [Amended to change amount]

Travel Cost - $1,822.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $83.20
Total Cost - $2,705.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Charlotte, NC - Lausanne, Switzerland - Charlotte, NC

Travel Cost - $5,238.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,838.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - Charlotte, NC - Cancun, Mexico - Charlotte, NC

Travel Cost - $3,784.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,404.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Dates - January 28, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To participate in briefings, demonstrations and discussions related to the music industry
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Syracuse, NY [Amended to change end date and end travel city]

Travel Cost - $635.01
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $695.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Assn
Dates - April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - To attend the 2005 National Show sponsored by the NCTA to meet with cable providers, programmers and suppliers to learn first hand how the industry operates and their public policy concerns.
Notes - Charlotte, NC - San Francisco, CA - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $6,984.21
Lodging Cost - $1,145.70
Meal Cost - $220.14
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,350.05

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NAACP
Dates - July 10, 2005 - July 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Milwaukee, WI

Purpose - To participate as a guest speaker at the 2005 Annual NAACP Convention
Notes - Washington, DC - Milwaukee, WI - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $837.00
Lodging Cost - $186.60
Meal Cost - $43.73
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,067.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Inc
Dates - July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - St Louis, MO

Purpose - To participate as the keynote speaker at the 2005 Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Midwestern conference
Notes - Washington, DC - St Louis, MO - Charlotte, NC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,160.80
Lodging Cost - $528.14
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,768.94

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tunica, MS

Purpose - To participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Institute's annual conference
Notes - Tunica, MS - Charlotte, NC Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $177.00
Meal Cost - $254.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $431.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 9, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jackson, MS

Purpose - To participate in the Southern Regional Issue forum
Notes - Charlotte, NC - Jackson, MS - Tunica, MS

Travel Cost - $25.53
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $14.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $239.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - September 11, 2005 - September 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To attend briefings on capital market issues
Notes - New York, NY - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $254.12
Lodging Cost - $433.19
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $762.31

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Assn
Dates - September 12, 2005 - September 13, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To attend the Securities Industry Association's New York briefing
Notes - New York, NY - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $17.85
Lodging Cost - $299.00
Meal Cost - $131.66
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $448.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Walter Kaitz Foundation
Dates - September 13, 2005 - September 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To accept the Walter Kaitz Foundation's Diversity Advocate Award
Notes - New York, NY - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $598.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $598.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Case Univ
Dates - October 17, 2005 - October 18, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH

Purpose - To participate in the Fourth Annual Louis Stokes Symposium
Notes - Charlotte, NC - Cleveland, OH - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $963.35
Lodging Cost - $149.43
Meal Cost - $34.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,146.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Caucus of African-American Nevadans
Dates - October 1, 2005 - October 2, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To participate as a guest speaker at the first annual Caucus of African-American Nevadans Political Leadership Awards Ceremony
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas, NV - Washington, DC (Rep. Watt) Charlotte, NC - Las Vegas, NV - Charlotte, NC (Eulada Watt) Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,565.00
Lodging Cost - $392.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,957.50

Additional family members - Yes

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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