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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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    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

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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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Office of

Mark Foley


Total cost of 51 office trips: $91,206.94


Trips by Mark Foley
Total cost of congressperson's 25 trips: $51,650.46

Destination: INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES IN NATIONAL/STATE GOVT'S IN INDIA
Date: Jan 6, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $8,010.86
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Entertainment Industry Development Corporation
Purpose: PUBLIC FORUM ON RUNAWAY PRODUCTION
Date: Jan 18, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $940.00
source

Destination: CAPE COD, MA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: WORKSHOP/CONGRESSIONAL EDUCATION SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,650.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: WORKING WITH THE MEDIA RETREAT
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $334.00
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CA
Sponsor: American Resort Development Association
Purpose: SPEECH-TRUSTEES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,139.69
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FINANCIAL INVESTMENT ADVISORS
Purpose: TRANSPORTATION FROM WEST PALM BEACH TO ORLANDO, FL
Date: Sep 10, 2000
Expense: $405.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: MEET W/ BUSINESS & GOVT LEADERS TO DISCUSS PUBLIC POLICY AFFECTING US & ITALY
Date: Nov 23, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $5,435.00
source

Destination: INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES IN NATIONAL/STATE GOVT'S IN INDIA
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $8,010.86
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: United Distillers and Vintners North America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $275.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: BRIEFINGS & TOURS W/ SONY, WARNER, UNIVERSAL RECORD LABELS
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $350.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONFERENCE/SEMINAR
Date: Jul 4, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,824.00
source

Destination: SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $3,493.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Association of Realtors
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT - NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Nov 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $721.17
source

Destination: SAN FRAN & LA, CALIF.
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: REVIEWING HIGH TECH INDUSTRIES
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $4,264.69
source

Destination: NEWPORT, RI
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,970.35
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Mortgage Bankers Association of America
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE ANNUAL MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FINANCE CONVENTION
Date: Jan 31, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,406.77
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: American College of Radiation Oncology
Purpose: SPEAKING TO ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 27, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $530.74
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,643.64
source

Destination: DENVER, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,186.22
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL - NEW ORLEANS, LA - WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: SALEM LAW GROUP, ALLERGAN, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF OPTHOMOLOGY
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $647.30
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 4, 2004
Expense: $428.71
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL - NAPLES, FL - WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Clark Consulting
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $550.58
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: FLUSA & PALM BEACH COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,691.95
source

Destination: SCOTTDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CONGRESS CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,071.00
source

Destination: FLORIDA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: 2005 CONGRESSIONAL ADVISORY BOARD POLICY CONFERENCE-SPEAKING PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,669.93
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mark Foley

Parker Altman
Lisa Barkovic
Ramona Bean
Walter Ditto
Thomas Donhauser
Tod Donhauser
Michele Famiglietti
Kirk Fordham
Amy Freeman
John Hildreth
John Mac
Steve Martino
Elizabeth Nicolson



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