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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 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

Robert Wexler


Total cost of 85 office trips: $373,138.13


Trips by Robert Wexler
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $174,763.87

Destination: MOROCCO; KUWAIT; UNITED ARAB EMIRATES; OMAN
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: EDUCATION/MEETING W/GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $14,408.92
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: International Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $3,160.80
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, AMMAN, BEIRUT
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 17, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,408.27
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $950.00
source

Destination: TURKEY
Sponsor: US-Turkish Business Counsel of Deik
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 30, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $11,915.00
source

Destination: SAUDI ARABIA; BAHRAIN
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Oct 4, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $10,517.17
source

Destination: TEL AVIV
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Nov 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,419.05
source

Destination: TAIWAN, ROC
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Dec 17, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $4,786.00
source

Destination: NEW DELHI, INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,221.68
source

Destination: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: ITKIB Association USA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP-CAUCUS ON US TURKISH RELATIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $13,616.66
source

Destination: SAUDI ARABIA, JORDAN, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING-MEETINGS W/ GOVT. OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 3, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,772.79
source

Destination: KAZAKHSTAN
Sponsor: Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Purpose: MTG W/ GOVT. OFFICIALS/FACT-FINDING
Date: May 26, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $29,950.72
source

Destination: SAUDI ARABIA, CAIRO, TEL AVIV
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING; MTG W/ OFFICIALS
Date: Jun 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $11,991.33
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $6,539.00
source

Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: US-GERMANY ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $8,120.55
source

Destination: BERLIN
Sponsor: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Nov 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,571.55
source

Destination: VIENNA-BRATSLAVA-BUDEPEST
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: MTGS W/GOVT. OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,787.72
source

Destination: AMMAN, JORDAN-TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS IN JORDAN & ISRAEL
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $6,461.75
source

Destination: KRAKOW & WARSAW, POLAND
Sponsor: Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $7,250.85
source

Destination: WASH, DC-BEIJING, CHINA-NANJING, CHINA-SHANGHAI, CHINA-NEW YORK
Sponsor: CASI FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN & CHINA CONTACT FRIENDLY ASSOC.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 3, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,914.06
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Wexler

Debra Armentrout
Eva Cargill
James De Jesus
Eric Johnson
Jonathan Katz
Jacob Kurtz
Jacob Kurtzer
Lale Mamaux
Ellen Mclaren
Joshua Rogin
Halie Soifer
Suzanne Stoll
Halie Suifer
Lisa White
Eugene Wilk



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