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

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

Back to The Data

Office of

John Larson


Total cost of 25 office trips: $66,638.46


Trips by John Larson
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $15,895.39

Destination: WALL STREET, NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: MERRILL LYNCH AND THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SECURITIES MARKETS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
Date: Jan 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,082.00
source

Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEPORT AND HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Amistad America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,339.99
source

Destination: WASHINGTON TO NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,152.20
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT, GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,580.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: State Legislative Leaders Foundation
Purpose: SPEAK AT EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENERGY ISSUES
Date: Mar 14, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,537.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,465.34
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL "BIPARTISAN" RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,783.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,955.36
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Larson

William Cable
Holly Canevari
Elliot Ginsberg
Brian Mahar
Ellen Mccarthy
Tiffani Mendivil
Jonathan Renfrew
George Shevlin
Sterling Spriggs



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