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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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SMITH, ROBERT, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $16,053.80

Average cost per trip - $2,675.63
Total number of days spent traveling - 15 days
Rank of representative - 348 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,082.00
Lodging Cost - $832.00
Meal Cost - $136.27
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,050.27

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington Group International
Dates - August 25, 2000 - August 27, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - British Columbia, Canada

Purpose - overview for senators of work done by wgI and relation to congressional agenda
Notes - Spouse accompanied. Stuart Island

Travel Cost - $6,400.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $420.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,220.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - December 1, 2000 - December 3, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - participate in a congressional leadership educational seminar
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,279.50
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,049.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for the Advancement of Climate Science
Dates - March 3, 2000 - March 3, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Woods Hole, MA

Purpose - climate science briefings to group of senators, staff
Notes -

Travel Cost - $706.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $706.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Domestic Petroleum Council
Dates - June 12, 2000 - June 12, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Pascagoula, MS

Purpose - field trip to the Kerr-McGee/Dominion Neptune Star deepwater production plantform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $968.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $12.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $980.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - George C. Marshall Institute, American Standard Co
Dates - November 29, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Carlsbad, CA

Purpose - to participate in a symposium on Global Climate Change and industrial Challenges
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,217.00
Lodging Cost - $530.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,047.00

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