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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.

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

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CLELAND, JOSEPH MAXWELL, Democratic Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $8,414.80

Average cost per trip - $764.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 451 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Stetson University
Dates - March 12, 2000 - March 13, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - DeLand, FL

Purpose - speaker at model U.S. Senate program
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $219.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $219.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Paper Company
Dates - April 4, 2000 - April 4, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - annual board meeting dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $433.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $433.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Post Properties
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - participant--Harvard Business School Club
Notes -

Travel Cost - $622.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $622.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bill Heard Enterprises, Inc.
Dates - May 5, 2000 - May 5, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, GA

Purpose - speaker at Chattahoochee Council of Boy Scouts of America
Notes -

Travel Cost - $630.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $630.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Trial Lawyers Association
Dates - July 31, 2000 - August 3, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $569.99
Lodging Cost - $565.32
Meal Cost - $81.70
Other Cost - $61.69
Total Cost - $1,278.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Motor Trucking Association
Dates - June 17, 2001 - June 18, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - main speaker at Georgia Motor Trucking Association conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $184.21
Meal Cost - $108.72
Other Cost - $16.00
Total Cost - $308.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stetson University
Dates - March 23, 2001 - March 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - DeLand, FL

Purpose - speaker at Stetson University Model U.S. Senate
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,135.50
Lodging Cost - $119.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,254.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ABC News
Dates - April 28, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - appear on "This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts"
Notes - Atlanta, GA - Washington, DC - Atlanta, GA

Travel Cost - $1,021.74
Lodging Cost - $273.66
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,295.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Economic Alliance High Tech Speed Rail Summit
Dates - March 18, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charlotte, NC

Purpose - conference speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,139.00
Lodging Cost - $189.49
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,328.49

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Coca Cola North America
Dates - April 12, 2002 - April 12, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Warm Springs, GA

Purpose - FDR anniversary ceremony, little White House - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $759.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $759.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jackie Robinson Cairo Memorial Institute
Dates - February 9, 2002 - February 9, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Thomasville, GA

Purpose - keynote speaker at Jackie Robinson state historical marker dedication scholarship
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.00

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