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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.
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Office of

Charles Stenholm


Total cost of 59 office trips: $93,509.81


Trips by Charles Stenholm
Total cost of congressperson's 35 trips: $55,802.40

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS REGARDING FEDERAL REGULATIONS INVOLVING THE COTTON INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 4, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $290.00
source

Destination: CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
Sponsor: Farm Foundation
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 7, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $579.55
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON FARM POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 10, 2000
Expense: $870.00
source

Destination: WYE RIVER CONF CTR.-QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN PLANNING FOR AGRICULTURE COMM. AGENDA
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $482.00
source

Destination: CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
Sponsor: NATIONAL GRAIN SORGHUM PRODUCERS
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $614.00
source

Destination: TUCSON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,969.51
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,091.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,299.69
source

Destination: STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,653.90
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: ANNUAL MEETING W/ BRD OF DIRECTORS
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.65
source

Destination: WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 9, 2000
Expense: $511.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Dec 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $588.60
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 14, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,597.47
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: ANNUAL POLICY MEETING
Date: Jan 22, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,657.52
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Chicken Council
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,833.09
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: AMERICAN MOSQUITO CONTROL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $230.76
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Medical Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $262.61
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIAR
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $902.84
source

Destination: CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
Sponsor: INDEPENDENT CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 18, 2001
Expense: $286.50
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, UTAH
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 4, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,848.40
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Horse Council
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,050.92
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jan 20, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $3,693.41
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: TEXAS BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 21, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,048.11
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: Farm Credit Bank of Texas
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 4, 2002
Expense: $258.83
source

Destination: KERRVILLE, TEXAS
Sponsor: TEXAS SHEEP & GOAT RAISERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $65.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WEST VA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Chicago Board of Trade
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,410.13
source

Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 30, 2003
Expense: $563.50
source

Destination: BLAINE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,458.47
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Sinclair Oil Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $4,010.99
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FARM BROADCASTERS
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $682.50
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,576.50
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Soap & Detergent Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,534.25
source

Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose:
Date: Feb 23, 2004
Expense: $568.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charles Stenholm

James Bailey
Lisa Kelley
Leslie Mcdonald
Jeffrey Meador
Russell Middleton
Anne Simmons
Rebecca Tice
Julie Turner



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