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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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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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LUNGREN, DANIEL E, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $17,721.11

Average cost per trip - $2,531.59
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 329 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security retreat
Notes - Rayburn Horseshoe Washington, DC - Queenstown, MD - Rayburn Horseshoe Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fletcher Jones Foundation
Dates - February 17, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Board member meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Los Angeles, CA - Sacramento - Washington, DC Personal Expense 2/19 to 2/27

Travel Cost - $508.40
Lodging Cost - $166.95
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $675.35

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 17, 2005 - January 18, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - New Members Retreat
Notes - Rayburn Horseshoe - Baltimore, MD - Rayburn HOB

Travel Cost - $26.00
Lodging Cost - $195.00
Meal Cost - $148.00
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $408.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bar Assn, Venable Law Firm
Dates - April 29, 2005 - April 29, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Asheville, NC

Purpose - To speak at a spring conference for Venable Law Firm and American Bar Association
Notes - Washington, DC - Asheville, NC - Washington, DC *We have not received an itemized accounting of the expenses for this trip and this is our best estimate. As soon as we know more fully we will disclose the exact amounts.

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fletcher Jones Foundation
Dates - June 2, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Board meeting and events surrounding meeting for Fletcher Jones Foundation
Notes - Sacramento, CA - Los Angeles, CA - Sacramento, CA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $481.34
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $881.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 28, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Washington, DC - Newark, NJ - various places in Israel including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Golan Heights, Ramallah, Gaza- Newark, NJ - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,079.10
Lodging Cost - $2,640.00
Meal Cost - $1,248.48
Other Cost - $2,447.46
Total Cost - $14,415.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Fletcher Jones Board
Dates - September 16, 2005 - September 18, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - To attend board meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Los Angeles, CA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $546.97
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $586.97

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