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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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Trips sponsored by

Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry & Manpower


Total cost of 11 trips: $118,758.70


Traveler: Sheila Jackson Lee (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $10,667.43
source

Traveler: Julia Carson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: BOTSWANA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $10,110.69
source

Traveler: Deron Roberson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: BOTSWANA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,709.51
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: BOTSWANA
Purpose: CODEL TO INVESTIGATE DIAMOND INDUSTRY AND MANPOWER. REQUIRE AGOA IMPLEMENTATION, AND ANTI-AIDS INITIATIVES IN BOTSWANA
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,560.68
source

Traveler: William Jefferson (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: BOTSWANA (GABARARE, CHOBE)
Purpose: CODEL INVESTIGATING AGOA IMPLEMENTATION; ANTI-AIDS INITIATIVES AND DIAMOND INDUSTRY IN BOTSWANA
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $20,753.33
source

Traveler: Donald Payne (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $10,851.17
source

Traveler: Dollie Burwell (from the office of Eva Clayton)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $10,874.69
source

Traveler: Eva Clayton (from the office of Eva Clayton)
Destination: BOTSWANA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $22,174.18
source

Traveler: Erin Decuir (from the office of William Thornberry)
Destination: GABORONE, BOTSWANA
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON ECONOMIC SUCCESS OF BOTSWANA
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,062.01
source

Traveler: Matthew Reynolds (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: GABORONE, BOTSWANA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP (FOREIGN AID, TRADE, BICAMERAL RELATIONS)
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $4,933.00
source

Traveler: Julie Philp (from the office of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)
Destination: GABORONE, BOTSWANA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,062.01
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