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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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Trips sponsored by

American Arab Chamber of Commerce


Total cost of 14 trips: $76,468.00


Traveler: Tricia Geringer (from the office of George Radanovich)
Destination: CAIRO & LUXOR, EGYPT
Purpose: DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT AND LEARN ABOUT ITS PRIORITIES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE MIDDLE EAST.
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $2,750.00
source

Traveler: Rob Neal (from the office of George Nethercutt)
Destination: DC-CAIRO AND LUXOR, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,750.00
source

Traveler: Cindy Brown (from the office of Ron Kind)
Destination: CAIRO & LUXOR EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $2,750.00
source

Traveler: Mandy Bowers (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FOREIGN RELATIONS AND TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $2,750.00
source

Traveler: Marc Mealy (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: PARIS - CAIRO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,750.00
source

Traveler: Dianne Miller (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-CAIRO, EGYPT-LUKOR, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING-ECONOMIC & POLITICAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN U.S. & EGYPT
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,750.00
source

Traveler: Nona Darrell (from the office of Tim Holden)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,750.00
source

Traveler: Brian Vigue (from the office of Patrick Kennedy)
Destination: CAIRO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $2,750.00
source

Traveler: Carolyn Kilpatrick (from the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick)
Destination: DULLES, VA-CAIRO, EGYPT-DETROIT, MI
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $9,713.00
source

Traveler: Kimberly Rudolph (from the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick)
Destination: DULLES, VA-CAIRO, EGYPT-DETROIT, MI
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $7,843.00
source

Traveler: Khalil Munir (from the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $7,503.00
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $9,243.00
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: DC - CAIRO, EGYPT - LOS ANGELES
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $10,563.00
source

Traveler: Sheila Jackson Lee (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination: D.C. TO CAIRO-3/19-TO PARIS 3/20-PARIS-EGYPT 3/25-LEAVE CAIRO
Purpose: TO MAINTAIN BI-LATEST RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. & EGYPT
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $9,603.00
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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.

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.