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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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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

Back to The Data

Office of

Rick Santorum


Total cost of 78 office trips: $73,749.34


Trips by Rick Santorum
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $7,169.10

Destination: HARRISBURG, PA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: JG HOLDINGS INC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 24, 2000
Expense: $380.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: THE MONTEL WILLIAMS SHOW
Purpose: TV APPEARANCE
Date: Oct 18, 2000
Expense: $217.60
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: LEGATUS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR SELF AND SPOUSE
Date: Feb 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: PONTIFICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE HOLY CROSS FOUNDATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,000.00
source

Destination: CINCINNATI, OH
Sponsor: Catholic Men's Fellowship of Greater Cincinnati Inc
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 9, 2002
Expense: $987.50
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: SENATE LEADERSHIP MEETING
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,183.00
source

Destination: THE TIDES INN, IRVINGTON VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: MEETING OF HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $776.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Rick Santorum

Sarah Berk
Matthew Beynon
Randall Brandt
Andrew Cantor
Paul Feenstra
Kate Harris
Jill Hershey
Ashley Horning
Elizabeth Keys
Michelle Kitchen
Virginia Largay
Barbara Ledeen
Heather Maclean
Eric Miller
Anna Mitchell
Zachary Moore
Chris Myers
Wayne Palmer
Tim Petty
Jeremy Reyes
Mark Rodgers
Dan Ronayne
Melissa Sabatine
Melissa Seckora
Jeff Stoltzfoos
Jennifer Sweeney
Julie Teer
Robert Traynham
Jennifer Vesey



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