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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 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.
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Back to The Data

Office of

Ron Kind


Total cost of 33 office trips: $76,892.21


Trips by Ron Kind
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $33,610.07

Destination: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,454.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,767.00
source

Destination: TOUR OF MICROSOFT AND STARBUCKS HEADQUARTERS
Sponsor: MICROSOFT AND STARBUCKS
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $5,513.00
source

Destination: DC TO AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose:
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,093.36
source

Destination: MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS OF THE EU PARLIAMENT
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: EXCHANGE OF IDEAS AND ECONOMIC SUMMIT WITH EU LEADERS
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $16,396.97
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM; AL, MONTGOMERY, AL; SELMA, AL
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT (GATHERED PUBLIC OFFICIALS, SCHOLARS AND PRIVATE SECTOR REPS FOR DISCUSSION; MEMBERS WORKED ON AGENDA/STRATEGY; GAVE PRESENTATION ON NEW DEMS)
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,491.07
source

Destination: 'DEVILS TOWER,' AN OFFSHORE OIL RIG IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
Sponsor: Dominion Resources Inc
Purpose: TO VIEW AN OFFSHORE OIL RIG TO GAIN UNDERSTANDING ON ITS PURPOSE AND OPERATION
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $969.67
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ron Kind

Mark Aumann
Cindy Brown
Elizabeth Dunford
Sherry Harper
Jeffrey Mazur
Erik Olson
Bradley Pfaff
Darin Schroeder
Matt Trebon



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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.