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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

    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

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Office of

Ellen Tauscher


Total cost of 42 office trips: $81,450.16


Trips by Ellen Tauscher
Total cost of congressperson's 23 trips: $31,681.81

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS; PRESS TOUR
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,900.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO-SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS; PRESS TOUR
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $800.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO-ATLANTA-JACKSONVILLE-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS ABOUT THE DLC
Date: Mar 23, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS ABOUT THE DLC
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,150.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO-NEW ORLEANS-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $741.50
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FLA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,011.86
source

Destination: PORTLAND
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS ABOUT THE DLC
Date: May 30, 2001
Expense: $275.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA-INDIANAPOLIS-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS ABOUT THE DLC
Date: Jul 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $725.00
source

Destination: MANCHESTER, NH
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING WITH LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AFFILIATED WITH THE DLC
Date: Feb 11, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO-PHOENIX-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING WITH LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AFFILIATED WITH THE DLC
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN FORUM AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Date: Mar 8, 2002
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 18, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,281.29
source

Destination: LONDON
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL "THIRD WAY" MEETING
Date: Jun 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,601.30
source

Destination: IOWA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL AND OTHER STATE OFFICIALS
Date: Jun 16, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $575.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL AND OTHER STATE OFFICIALS
Date: Jul 27, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $873.91
source

Destination: WHITE OAK, FLA.
Sponsor: Leaders Project
Purpose: DEFENSE ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 27, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $750.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING WITH LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AFFILIATED WITH THE DLC
Date: Mar 10, 2003
Expense: $430.00
source

Destination: TAMPA - TALLAHASSEE
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETING WITH LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AFFILIATED WITH THE DLC
Date: Apr 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $885.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH.
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,279.63
source

Destination: Washington, D.C.;Jacksonville, FL;Washington, D.C.
Sponsor: Leaders Project
Purpose: Defense Issues Conference
Date: Sep 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $750.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLA.
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,150.64
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, LOS ANGELES, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Sponsor: NEW ZEALAND
Purpose: CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $3,925.37
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT AND ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 28, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,776.31
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ellen Tauscher

Jeff Cohen
Liz Dahnken
John Fisher
Dana Gray
Bryan Hughes
Peter Muller



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