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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Richard Pombo


Total cost of 165 office trips: $241,508.78


Trips by Richard Pombo
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $20,534.81

Destination: NELSON, NEW ZEALAND
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $10,120.20
source

Destination: TOUR CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER IN L.A.
Sponsor: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Purpose: TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE IN MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $928.58
source

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $263.00
source

Destination: SHIMONOSEKI
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Purpose: CHAIR MEETING OF THE SUSTAINABLE USE PARLIAMENTARIANS UNION
Date: May 16, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,594.68
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-DEARBORN, MI
Sponsor: Ford Motor Co
Purpose: ATTEND FORD CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Date: Jun 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $691.86
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL FUND AND NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Purpose: RING THE OPENING BELL AT THE STOCK EXCHANGE
Date: Oct 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,055.78
source

Destination: WESTIN MISSION HILLS, CA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $880.71
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Richard Pombo

Cynthia Ahwinona
Jack Belcher
Kathleen Benedetto
Kristen Bossi
Thomas Brierton
Harry Burroughs
Jessica Carter
Kurt Christensen
Meghan Conklin
Alissa Connor
Michael Correia
Jay Cranford
Steven Ding
Lindsay Doll
Teresa Fierro
Christopher Fluhr
Christopher Foster
Lucas Frances
Nicole Goehring
Robert Gordon
James Hall
Douglas Haye
Richard Healy
Robert Howarth
Tod Hull
Laura Hylden
Amelia Jenkins
Joshua Johnson
Brian Kennedy
Daniel Kish
J Stevens Lanich
Amanda Lawson
Joanna Mackay
Matt Miller
Michael Olsen
James Ottem
Tracey Parker
Jeffrey Petrich
Joshua Rolph
Vince Sampson
Kristin Schrader
Todd Smith
Whitney Smith
Marla Sousa
Matthew Street
Amy Taylor
Erica Tergeson
Daniel Val Kish
Seth Voyles
Catherine Ware
David Watkins
Kiel Weaver
David Whaley
Todd Willens
Ryan Yates
David Zacher
Jennifer Zuccarelli



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

    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