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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.

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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.
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    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

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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

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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REED, JACK, Democratic Party
Rhode Island

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $25,592.77

Average cost per trip - $2,132.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 253 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - health policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $402.70
Lodging Cost - $839.26
Meal Cost - $349.29
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $1,631.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 25, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speech at the annual winter conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,145.00
Lodging Cost - $771.00
Meal Cost - $61.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,977.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New England Institute of Technology
Dates - May 7, 2000 - May 7, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newport, RI

Purpose - police gathering
Notes - Providence, RI to Newport, RI

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $800.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mansfield Center for Public Affairs
Dates - August 1, 2000 - August 11, 2000 (11 days)
Location(s) - Japan - Taiwan - China

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,603.04
Lodging Cost - $1,441.11
Meal Cost - $159.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,204.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Health policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,499.75
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $353.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,770.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 15, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Aspen Institute policy conference--America and Europe
Notes -

Travel Cost - $589.00
Lodging Cost - $1,150.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,039.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 4, 2002 - August 8, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Dates - April 13, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Rochester, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $697.02
Lodging Cost - $178.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $875.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 7, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - fact finding mission
Notes - Other expenses not specified. Good faith estimate.

Travel Cost - $888.04
Lodging Cost - $1,100.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $2,383.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - July 31, 2004 - August 3, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Fact finding mission
Notes - August 4-5, 2004 was not reimbursed by the Aspen Institute

Travel Cost - $720.00
Lodging Cost - $867.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $2,287.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AIPAC Pacific Northwest Region
Dates - December 11, 2004 - December 13, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Oakland, CA - Sacramento, CA

Purpose - To deliver keynote addresses on US-Israel relationship and issues at four AIPAC events
Notes - San Francisco - Silicon Valley - Oakland - Sacramento, CA

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $356.70
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $806.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 5, 2005 - August 10, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - To participate in the conference entitled "Mapping the Jihadist Threat: The War on Terror Since 9/11"
Notes - Three nights

Travel Cost - $819.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $2,219.00

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