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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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BINGAMAN, JEFF, Democratic Party
New Mexico

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $31,559.05

Average cost per trip - $4,508.44
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 205 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 15, 2002 - August 21, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To attend a conference on US-Russia relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,382.00
Lodging Cost - $2,095.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,077.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - To attend a welfare reform conference
Notes - Actual reimbursement-other expenses totaled (25+1168) not specified-signed 05/13/2003

Travel Cost - $97.00
Lodging Cost - $784.00
Meal Cost - $252.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,133.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To attend a conference on health policy
Notes - Actual reimbursement- (44.95+2549.94)-signed 05/13/2002

Travel Cost - $1,208.50
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $423.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,504.99

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Actual reimbursement.

Travel Cost - $3,087.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,887.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 8, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - Actual reimbursement-other expenses not specified-trans costs includes couple AKB -lodging is for couple-meal $800 JFB, $400 AKB

Travel Cost - $4,510.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,435.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To participate in AEI World Forum
Notes - Mrs. Bingaman attended-all expenses include hers. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $3,120.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,670.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on health care policy
Notes - Actual reimbursement-other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $558.26
Lodging Cost - $1,762.80
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $2,852.06

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