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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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    An American way of teaching

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  • 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.
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Faith and Politics Institute - $97,570.05 spent on 94 trips
69.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
30.1% spent on Republican Party

BACHUS, SPENCER T - Republican Party
January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - "The Human Moment" Retreat
Total Cost - $1,491.50

BAIRD, BRIAN - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Educational - civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $558.00

BAIRD, BRIAN - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Congressional Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh
Total Cost - $562.60

BALLANCE, FRANK W JR - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $913.00

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
October 12, 2001 - October 14, 2001 (3 days)
Gethsemani Abbey, KY
Purpose - Reflection of faith and how members carry out their lives on Capitol Hill
Total Cost - $1,205.00

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
June 21, 2001 - June 21, 2001 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Meet Jonathan Kozol (author) and the students and teachers of the South Bronx he writes about.
Total Cost - $476.00

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
September 13, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (2 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Participate in dialogue on leadership with courage and compassion.
Total Cost - $196.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 13, 2003 (2 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Retreat and discussion with Thich Nhat Hanh
Total Cost - $221.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Prayer, Politics, and Reconciliation Retreat
Total Cost - $398.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
January 23, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - congressional retreat
Total Cost - $105.50

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $1,826.00

COSTELLO, JERRY F - Democratic Party
April 7, 2003 - April 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - To learn more about the experiences of the Civil Rights movement and their impact on public policy today
Total Cost - $1,826.00

DAVIS, ARTUR GENESTRE - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Member reflection on the Civil Rights Movement
Total Cost - $913.00

DEUTSCH, PETER R - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 13, 2003 (2 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Retreat for Members of Congress to practice Mindful Techniques
Total Cost - $536.00

EDWARDS, CHET - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $1,826.00

EHLERS, VERNON J - Republican Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Retreat on faith and politics
Total Cost - $664.81

EMERSON, JO ANN H - Republican Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,170.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Participate in Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $913.00

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $2,170.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,085.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Educational group discussion
Total Cost - $636.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - to reflect on the work of members of Congress and the pressures of the job
Total Cost - $723.00

FILNER, BOB - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $764.00

FORBES, MICHAEL - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights March
Total Cost - $764.00

FORBES, J RANDY - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL - Birmingham, AL
Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $913.00

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - To educate Members of Congress about the historic civil rights in Alabama
Total Cost - $1,085.00

HAYES, ROBERT C (ROBIN) - Republican Party
October 12, 2001 - October 14, 2001 (3 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Prayer and reflection at spiritual retreat.
Total Cost - $1,729.18

HOEFFEL, JOSEPH M - Democratic Party
April 3, 2000 - April 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose -
Total Cost - $489.00

HOLT, RUSH - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $1,826.00

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march
Total Cost - $764.00

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $585.00

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Selma, AL - Birmingham, AL
Purpose - Participate in Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $913.00

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
March 3, 2001 - March 3, 2001 (1 days)
Montgomery, AL
Purpose - To commemorate civil rights march
Total Cost - $665.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $913.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Participate in Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $433.00

MALONEY, JAMES H - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march
Total Cost - $489.00

MCCARTHY, KAREN - Democratic Party
January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - participation at a retreat, "The Human Movement"
Total Cost - $361.50

MEEHAN, MARTIN T - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - congressional civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,826.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march
Total Cost - $764.00

MILLENDER-MCDONALD, JUANITA - Democratic Party
January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Walter Capps Foundation, Fetzer Institute
Purpose - to join with other members to discuss the relationship between faith and politics
Total Cost - $723.00

MILLER, DAN - Republican Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,085.00

NADLER, JERROLD LEWIS - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Pilgrimage visiting historic civil rights sites
Total Cost - $413.00

PELOSI, NANCY - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $2,170.00

RYAN, TIMOTHY J - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Spiritual retreat for members and spouses with Thich Nat Hahn
Total Cost - $536.00

RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $1,826.00

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $2,166.00

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $913.00

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Participation in the Prayer, Politics & Reconciliation Retreat
Total Cost - $777.50

UDALL, TOM - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights March
Total Cost - $764.00

UDALL, TOM - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Bethesda, MD
Purpose - leadership training in "leading with courage and compassion"
Total Cost - $561.00

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
October 12, 2001 - October 14, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - spiritual retreat
Total Cost - $1,205.00

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Prayer, Politics and Reconciliation retreat (bipartisan)
Total Cost - $2,830.00

VAN HOLLEN, CHRIS - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,826.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - retreat
Total Cost - $536.60

WOOLSEY, LYNN C - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Visit historical civil rights sites in Alabama
Total Cost - $2,170.00

WOOLSEY, LYNN C - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - retreat
Total Cost - $278.00

WOOLSEY, LYNN C - Democratic Party
January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Retreat
Total Cost - $626.70

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
February 13, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL - Nashville, TN
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,936.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
February 13, 2004 - February 13, 2004 (1 days)
Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Participate in Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $793.00

BROWNBACK, SAM - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Participation in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $498.00

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
February 13, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Nashville, TN
Purpose - Sixth Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama and Tennessee
Total Cost - $1,093.00

SHELBY, RICHARD C - Republican Party
February 13, 2004 - February 13, 2004 (1 days)
Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $338.00

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Moncks Corner, SC
Purpose - Attend conference/retreat for members of Congress and Congressional spouses
Total Cost - $725.00

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To reflect/discuss the connection between faith and their work in Congress
Total Cost - $1,213.58

ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 8, 2005 (2 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Member - Spouse Retreat on "Historical Memory & Healing"
Total Cost - $1,128.28

WAXMAN, HENRY A - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,582.00

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - To remember, reflect and discuss the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Voting March
Total Cost - $2,002.90

RYAN, TIMOTHY J - Democratic Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Annual Members Retreat
Total Cost - $890.34

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Purpose of 7th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march by visiting historical locations and discussing history with various leaders
Total Cost - $2,896.00

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Co-sponsor(s): Alabama Power Company, Delta Air Lines Inc, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Daimler Chrysler, Fannie Mae, General Motors, Caterpillar Inc, Pew Charitable Trust, National Chamber Foundation, Microsoft
Purpose - Alabama Pilgrimage to celebrate 35th Anniversary of '65 Voting Rights Act March
Total Cost - $989.00

VAN HOLLEN, CHRIS - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,582.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - A Bipartisan retreat on faith and healing for Members of Congress and spouses
Total Cost - $1,544.38

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Historical memory and healing retreat for Members of Congress
Total Cost - $1,227.48

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - 7th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,458.10

KIND, RON - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

BROWN, HENRY E JR - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Bipartisan Spiritual Retreat
Total Cost - $725.00

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Bethesda, MD
Purpose - To gain greater understanding on the role religious faith plays in the political process
Total Cost - $537.60

SCOTT, DAVID ALBERT - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Educational trip: 3 days exploration of the legacy of the US Civil Rights movement
Total Cost - $1,582.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Participate in Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $425.00

DEGETTE, DIANA L - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

DAVIS, ARTUR GENESTRE - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL
Purpose - Participant in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $232.50

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL
Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,520.00

CARDOZA, DENNIS - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March by visiting the historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
Total Cost - $925.00

BOSWELL, LEONARD L - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL
Co-sponsor(s): Becerra for Congress
Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,850.00

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - 7th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,582.00

MILLER, BRAD - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage touring historic sites on the 40th anniversary of the voting rights march
Total Cost - $925.00

GREEN, ALEXANDER - Republican Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Educational and fact finding
Total Cost - $925.00

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

LEWIS, JOHN - Democratic Party
February 13, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March, pilgrimage to historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
Total Cost - $925.00

BUTTERFIELD, G. K. - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - To participate in a congressional civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $863.00

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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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    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