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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

    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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Office of

Bill Frist


Total cost of 148 office trips: $258,358.94


Trips by Bill Frist
Total cost of congressperson's 19 trips: $35,378.61

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MIAMI, FL TO TURNBERRY ISLE, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAKER AT BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,354.45
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 22, 2002
Expense: $3,467.91
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $5,077.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Business Counsel Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,982.00
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,552.19
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Sponsor: Morehouse School of Medicine
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,497.47
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,843.00
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 20, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,399.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: Achievement Technologies Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 19, 2003
Expense: $5,135.42
source

Destination: ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Samaritan's Purse
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,524.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: American College of Surgeons
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $677.48
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,429.00
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA AND NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRAMAGE
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,936.00
source

Destination: CHAD, SUDAN AND KENYA
Sponsor: Samaritan's Purse
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 6, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,594.41
source

Destination: SUDAN
Sponsor: SUDAN PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY/MOVEMENT
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $67.00
source

Destination: KENYA
Sponsor: TENWEK HOSPITAL
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $70.00
source

Destination: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 18, 2004
Expense: $382.64
source

Destination: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: PITTCO INC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,616.35
source

Destination: KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Association of Home Builders
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 15, 2005
Expense: $773.29
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bill Frist

Mitch Bainwol
Talibah Bayles
Andrea Becker
David Broome
Jeremy Burton
Margaret Camp
Eric Cleland
Thomas Craig
Meredith Davis
Robert Duncan
Mark Esper
Tracy Garrett
Allen Hicks
James Hippe
James Hippe
G William Hoagland
Rob Hoppin
Elizabeth Jarvis
Mary Johnson
Rohit Kumar
Dave Larson
Allison Martin
Meredith Medley
Allen Moore
William Moore
Andy Olson
David Olson
Michael Painter
Lee Rawlo
Emily Reynolds
Helen Rhee
Jennifer Romans
Dean Rosen
Edward Russell
Elizabeth Scanlon
Ken Scroggs
Nicholas Smith
Monica Tencate
Eric Ueland
Jon Vaden
Bart Verhulst
Alex Vogel
Matthew Wallace
Bill Wichterman
Parker Wood



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