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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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DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW, Democratic Party
South Dakota

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $10,365.53

Average cost per trip - $1,151.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 15 days
Rank of representative - 426 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Rural Electric Company
Dates - March 19, 2000 - March 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Keynote address
Notes - Good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $1,829.50
Lodging Cost - $199.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,043.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - June 11, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,067.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,067.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - keynote address
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,839.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,839.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
Dates - October 29, 2001 - October 29, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Sioux Falls, SD

Purpose - keynote address
Notes - Sioux Falls - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,100.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,100.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - August 15, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost - $229.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $229.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 10, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost - $248.00
Lodging Cost - $865.28
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,113.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - November 16, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $387.19
Meal Cost - $178.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $565.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $758.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $758.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Kansas State University
Dates - May 9, 2004 - May 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Manhattan, KS

Purpose - delivered the Landon Lecture on May 10
Notes - Oklahoma City - OK to Manhattan, KS - Oklahoma City

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $650.00

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