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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

    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

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  • 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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WEINER, ANTHONY D, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $26,891.01

Average cost per trip - $3,841.57
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 243 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - George Washington University US Japan Economic Agenda
Dates - January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - attend 26th legislative exchange program meetings, discussions with Japanese legislators
Notes - Other expenses are for use of business center and phone calls

Travel Cost - $6,876.72
Lodging Cost - $560.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $105.25
Total Cost - $7,542.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - September 20, 2003 - September 23, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaking engagement regarding pending legislation involving Israel - fact-finding discussion on the state of Israel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,000.00
Lodging Cost - $524.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,714.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dominican American National Roundtable
Dates - April 23, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - fact-finding mission on trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,025.00
Lodging Cost - $601.97
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,626.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc.
Dates - August 17, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other expenses for paid for land transportation bus)

Travel Cost - $2,986.90
Lodging Cost - $872.00
Meal Cost - $185.00
Other Cost - $467.00
Total Cost - $4,510.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
Dates - April 25, 2003 - April 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - fact-finding mission on trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $960.30
Lodging Cost - $401.97
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,362.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Mumbai, India

Purpose - Trade fact-finding mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,278.42
Lodging Cost - $1,411.66
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,690.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participation on a Congressional conference to discuss the legislative agenda for the upcoming Congress with a specific focus on key technology issues
Notes - New York - Las Vegas - New York

Travel Cost - $771.00
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,444.22

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