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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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Office of

Jack Reed


Total cost of 48 office trips: $56,580.32


Trips by Jack Reed
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $23,373.77

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,631.20
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEECH AT THE ANNUAL WINTER CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,977.00
source

Destination: PROVIDENCE, RI TO NEWPORT, RI
Sponsor: NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Purpose: POLICE GATHERING
Date: May 7, 2000
Expense: $800.00
source

Destination: JAPAN, CHINA, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Mansfield Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 1, 2000 (10 days)
Expense: $6,204.11
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,770.70
source

Destination: ASPEN, COLORADO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ASPEN INSTITUTE POLICY CONFERENCE - (AMERICA AND EUROPE)
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,039.00
source

Destination: ASPEN, COLORADO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ASPEN INSTITUTE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 4, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: ROCHESTER, NY
Sponsor: HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $875.02
source

Destination: ASPEN, COLORADO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,383.04
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Jul 31, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,287.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, SILICON VALLEY, OAKLAND, AND SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESSES ON U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP AND ISSUES AT FOUR AIPAC EVENTS
Date: Dec 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $806.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jack Reed

Jonathan Berger
Jason Connors
Thomas Evans
John Hattervick
Elizabeth King
Nancy Langrall
Peter Lawrence
Didem Nisanci
Kara Nugent
Kristen Sarri
Elyse Wasch
Wendy Wierzbicki



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