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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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Back to The Data

Trips sponsored by

American Legacy Foundation


Total cost of 20 trips: $20,668.06


Traveler: Joyce Postell (from the office of Kendrick Meek)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: ATTENDED THE TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH SUMMIT ON RACIAL AND ETHNIC HEALTH DISPARITIES
Date: Jul 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $938.26
source

Traveler: Michael Honda (from the office of Michael Honda)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: CONDUCT TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH FORUM IN MIAMI, FLD.
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $892.94
source

Traveler: Luis Gutierrez (from the office of Luis Gutierrez)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: TRI CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT-PARTICIPANT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,176.07
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,500.94
source

Traveler: Frances Diaz (from the office of Madeleine Bordallo)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: HEALTH SUMMIT ON RACIAL & ETHNIC MINORITIES
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,260.70
source

Traveler: Sam Farr (from the office of Sam Farr)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: MEMBERS OF THE CBC, CHC, AND CAPAC MET TO DISCUSS MINORITY HEALTH ISSUES
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $436.74
source

Traveler: Sheila Jackson Lee (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,402.72
source

Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: TRI CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,186.73
source

Traveler: Albert Wynn (from the office of Albert Wynn)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,063.94
source

Traveler: Laverne Alexander (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,130.81
source

Traveler: Saul Pena (from the office of Ciro Rodriguez)
Destination: MIAMI TO DC
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH FORUM
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $868.03
source

Traveler: Jennifer Grodsky (from the office of Hilda Solis)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: FORUM ON RACIAL AND ETHNIC HEALTH DISPARITIES
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $968.03
source

Traveler: Paul Brathwaite (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $863.09
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL SUMMIT ON HEALTH DISPARITIES
Date: Jul 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,219.07
source

Traveler: Kendrick Meek (from the office of Kendrick Meek)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-CHICAGO, IL-NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 3RD ANNUAL TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH FORUM
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $821.20
source

Traveler: Julia Carson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - CHICAGO - INDIANAPOLIS
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT - TO PROMOTE MINORITY HEALTH
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $685.31
source

Traveler: Adairius Gardner (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - CHICAGO - INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT - TO PROMOTE MINORITY HEALTH
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $685.31
source

Traveler: Madeleine Bordallo (from the office of Madeleine Bordallo)
Destination: HOUSTON-CHICAGO; CHICAGO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: A MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT THAT HIGHLIGHTED IMPORTANT HEALTH ISSUES FACING MINORITY COMMUNITIES TODAY
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,392.06
source

Traveler: Jewel James (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH SUMMIT TO DISCUSS DISPARITIES IN HEALTHCARE AND ACCESS TO CARE.
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,158.12
source

Traveler: Paul Brathwaite (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Purpose: HEALTH SUMMIT TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS RELATED TO DISPARTIES IN HEALTH CARE.
Date: Jul 23, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,017.99
source



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