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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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  • 08.27.15

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    "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

Back to The Data

Office of

Robert Aderholt


Total cost of 49 office trips: $76,585.94


Trips by Robert Aderholt
Total cost of congressperson's 28 trips: $38,837.15

Destination: POINT CLEAR, AL
Sponsor: NORTH MISSISSIPPI HEALTH SERVICES
Purpose: SPEAK TO ANNUAL BOARD RETREAT
Date: Mar 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $243.53
source

Destination: POINT CLEAR, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Purpose: GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 13, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $337.47
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $599.00
source

Destination: ORANGE BEACH, AL
Sponsor: Health Group of Alabama
Purpose: SPEAKING ON ISSUES REGARDING HEALTHCARE IN THE NEW CONGRE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,527.89
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: BILOXI, MS
Sponsor: Alabama Textile Manufacturers Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ON ISSUES REGARDING LEGISLATION AND THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $551.80
source

Destination: PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Alabama Peanut Producers Association
Purpose: SPEAK TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,054.55
source

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $585.00
source

Destination: PERDIDO BEACH, AL
Sponsor: Health Group of Alabama
Purpose: SPEAK TO GROUP ON HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Date: Feb 28, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $859.94
source

Destination: FORT PAYNE, AL
Sponsor: Gravel Hill Baptist Church Brotherhood
Purpose: SPEAK TO GROUP
Date: Apr 6, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $70.00
source

Destination: ONE WAY PRIVAE PLANE FROM HUNTSVILLE, AL TO DULLES AIRPORT
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
Purpose: SPEAK AT RE-OPENING OF LOCKHEED-MARTIN'S COURTLAND, AL FACILITY
Date: Sep 30, 2002
Expense: $661.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT, ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: American Trucking Associations
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AS SPEAKER AT ADVOCACY LUNCHEON
Date: Oct 25, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $1,193.16
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: PERDIDO BEACH RESORT, ORANGE BEACH, AL
Sponsor: Electric Cities of Alabama
Purpose: RECEIVE AWARD AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jul 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,224.32
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM TO WASHINGTON DULLES
Sponsor: Toyota Motor Corporation
Purpose: ATTEND ANNOUNCEMENT OF PLANT EXPANSION
Date: Jul 14, 2003
Expense: $583.00
source

Destination: HILTON, JANDESTIN, FL
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $926.21
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: JM Family Enterprises Inc
Purpose: TOUR TOYOTA FACTORY CONVERSION FACILITY
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $938.46
source

Destination: THE GRAND HOTEL, POINT CLEAR, AL
Sponsor: TENNESSEE TOMBIGBEE WATERWAY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,203.79
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL AND AMMAN, JORDAN
Sponsor: International Foundation
Purpose: TO BUILD BRIDGES OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES AND JORDAN
Date: Dec 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,611.25
source

Destination: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.06
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL
Sponsor: BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN COLLEGE
Purpose: SPEAK TO COLLEGE ALUMNI WEEKEND
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $79.00
source

Destination: ASUNCION, PARAGUAY
Sponsor: CHRISTIAN EMBASSY
Purpose: MEETING WITH PRESIDENT OF PARAGUAY
Date: Jun 11, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,002.59
source

Destination: GRAND HOTEL, POINT CLEAR, AL
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Purpose: SPEAK AT GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,567.55
source

Destination: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
Sponsor: Ambassadors of Reconciliation Foundation
Purpose: TOUR TSUNAMI-HIT AREA
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,612.16
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: RSC RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $451.76
source

Destination: GRAND FLORIDIAN, ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,886.92
source

Destination: GRAND HOTEL, POINT CLEAR, AL
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 5, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $722.58
source

Destination: ONEONTA, AL
Sponsor: ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (AL)
Purpose: SPEAK TO CHAMBER BREAKFAST
Date: Aug 24, 2005
Expense: $87.16
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Aderholt

Mark Busching
Michael Chahinian
Mark Dawson
Jason Harper
Hood Harris
Murray Harris
David Kroeger
Megan Medley
Michael Rosenthal
Ryan Sassman



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