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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

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    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

Tom Delay


Total cost of 216 office trips: $500,479.36


Trips by Tom Delay
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $94,000.93

Destination: GREAT BRITAIN
Sponsor: National Center for Public Policy & Research
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 25, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $28,106.00
source

Destination: SOUTH KOREA
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / MEET WITH GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $28,000.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL; MEET WITH GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,242.00
source

Destination: MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / MEET WITH GOVERNT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,428.00
source

Destination: KONA, HAWAII TO VAIL, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: SPEAK AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ISSUES IN KONA, HAWAII
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $5,967.28
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ELC RETREAT (HOUSE ELECTED LEADERSHIP RETREAT)
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $190.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,218.50
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: RESTORATION WEEKEND
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,026.72
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $900.21
source

Destination: CHARTER TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK ROUNDTRIP
Sponsor: IDT Corporation
Purpose: AIDAC POLICY SPEECH AT EVENT HONORING HOWARD JONAS, CHAIRMAN OF IDT, INC.
Date: Jan 29, 2004
Expense: $3,595.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON-PHOENIX
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,071.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX-KONA-HOUSTON
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: 19TH ANNUAL AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $9,811.22
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Delay

Dan Allen
Mary Katherine Ascik
Jonathan Baron
John Barry
Elliot Berke
Tim Berry
Carol Bevan
Trevor Blackann
Juliane Carter
Ryan Flood
Dan Flynn
Deana Funderburk
Geof Gradler
Jonathan Grella
Autumn Hanna
Susan Hirschmann
David James
Kathryn Lehman
Dawn Loffredo
Brett Loper
Andrew Maloney
Morgan Middlemas
Emily Miller
Ed Mullen
Elizabeth Pauls
Thomas Puiz
Thomas Pyle
Stuart Roy
Tony Rudy
Brett Shogren
Josh Shultz
Danielle Simonetta
Amy Steinmann
Juliane Sullivan
Carl Thorsen
Jack Victory
Mildred Webber
Mary Ellen Wright



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