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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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Office of

Henry Waxman


Total cost of 71 office trips: $187,708.87


Trips by Henry Waxman
Total cost of congressperson's 23 trips: $120,015.21

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: JFK SCHOOL OF GOVT./THE COMMONWEALTH FUND BIPARTISAN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,118.40
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,080.60
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: UBS AG Inc
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: May 22, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,155.19
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON U.S. - RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $4,885.20
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT EVENT ON EVENING OF NOVEMBER 28
Date: Nov 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,155.35
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND JFK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,496.60
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 25, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $8,465.60
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,409.60
source

Destination: SHANGHAI, NANJING, AND BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $14,230.00
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
Purpose: HEALTHCARE SPEECH AT UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,639.34
source

Destination: DANA POINT, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: American Business Media
Purpose: SPEECH ON POSTAL ISSUES AT THEIR CONFERENCE
Date: May 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $755.12
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON HEALTHCARE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,458.68
source

Destination: RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON GENERIC DRUGS
Date: Jan 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,504.87
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $8,078.00
source

Destination: RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,701.30
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $9,035.00
source

Destination: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $9,112.60
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $8,334.80
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: PHARMACEUTICAL MARKETING CONGRESS
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 28, 2004
Expense: $251.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA; MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $6,689.91
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON GENERIC DRUGS
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,583.94
source

Destination: ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,458.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION REGARDING US-ISRAEL RELATIONS, FOLLOWED BY GOVERNMENT BUSINESS MEETINGS AND SITE VISITS WITH ISRAELI OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $12,416.11
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Henry Waxman

Michelle Ash
Jeff Baran
Phil Barnett
Rebecca Claster
Brian Cohen
Patricia Delgado
Sarah Despres
Greg Dotson
Althea Gregory
Zahava Hurwitz
Paul Kim
David Mcmillen
Amanda Molson
Karen Nelson
David Rapallo
Philip Schilino
Nancy Scola
Naomi Seiler
Tania Shand
Joshua Sharfstein
Andrew Su
Alexandra Teitz
Denise Wilson



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

    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.