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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

    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

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Trips sponsored by

Brazil-US Business Council


Total cost of 24 trips: $154,825.23


Traveler: Brett Shogren (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL; BRASILIA, BRAZIL; RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - MEET WITH INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN BRAZIL TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST SUCH AS TRADE, REGULATION AND ELECTRONIC COMMERCE.
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $5,108.56
source

Traveler: John Feehery (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $5,464.63
source

Traveler: Nicole Smith (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT AND LOUISNESS PERSONS
Date: May 27, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $5,464.63
source

Traveler: Meredith Broadbent (from the office of Bill Archer)
Destination: BRASILIA, SAO PAULO, RIO D'JANIERO BRAZIL
Purpose: DISCUSS BILATERAL TRADE ISSUES WITH BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES AND GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $5,160.20
source

Traveler: James Datri (from the office of Robert Menendez)
Destination: BRASILIA-SAD PAULO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING: TO MEET WITH BRAZILIAN GOV'T. AND BUSINESS LEADERS; LEARN FIRST-HAND HOW THE BRAZILIAN GOV'T OPERATES, AND ABOUT TRADE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE U.S.
Date: May 27, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,293.48
source

Traveler: Vincent Randazzo (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,892.00
source

Traveler: Dave Marventano (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,342.00
source

Traveler: Jameel Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose:
Date: May 26, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $8,342.00
source

Traveler: David Malech (from the office of Kevin Brady)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,842.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Vermilye (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: MEET WITH BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND U.S. BUSINESSMAN RE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
Date: May 27, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $8,042.00
source

Traveler: M H Sirh (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT FINDING - TRADE
Date: Jun 2, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,042.00
source

Traveler: Melissa Allen (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND AMERICAN AND CORPORATE REPRESENTATIVES
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,160.50
source

Traveler: Kirk Boyle (from the office of Richard Armey)
Destination: WASHINGTON - RIO DE JANEIRO - BRASILIA - SAU PAULO - SALVADOR
Purpose: CONGRESSION STAFF FACT-FINDING MISSION ON TRADE
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,140.50
source

Traveler: John Tustin (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: BRAZIL: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASILIA, SAO PAULO, SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION ON TRADE
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,140.50
source

Traveler: Richard Boykin (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: RIO DE JANIERO, BRASILLA, SAN PAULO, SALVADOR-BRAZIL
Purpose: (TRADE), EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS RE: STEEL, & FARMING INDUS
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,140.50
source

Traveler: Kurt Markva (from the office of Donald Manzullo)
Destination: U.S. TO BRAZIL - SAO PAULO - RIO DE JANIERO - BRASILIA - SALVADOR - SAO PAULO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING FOR TRADE AND CULTURAL EDUCATION
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,107.50
source

Traveler: Margaret Peterlin (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: MEET WITH MEMBERS OF BRAZIL'S CONGRESS AND GOVERNMENT MENISTERS TO DISCUSS TRADE & SECURITY ISSUES
Date: May 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,799.00
source

Traveler: Joel Maiula (from the office of Judd Gregg)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH HIGH LEVEL MEMBERS OF GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS INTERNATIONAL TRADE ISSUES AND OVERALL RELATIONS
Date: May 24, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $5,797.00
source

Traveler: Melvin Spence (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO-SAO PAULO-BRASILIA-SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION FOCUSED ON INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMPANIES IN BRAZIL THROUGH TRADE AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH AFRO-BRAZILIAN BUSINESSES/PARTICIPATION IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN/AFRO BRAZILIAN BUSINESS SUMMIT
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,935.74
source

Traveler: William Jefferson (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO-SAO PAULO-BRASILIA-SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION FOCUSED ON INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMPANIES IN BRAZIL THROUGH TRADE AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH AFRO-BRAZILIAN BUSINESSES/PARTICIPATION IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN/AFRO BRAZILIAN BUSINESS SUMMIT
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,418.74
source

Traveler: Mischa Thompson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: RIO JANERIO, BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,128.87
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,055.37
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: DALLAS RIO DE JANEIRO-SAO PAULO-BRASILIA-SALVADOR-DC
Purpose: FACILITATE BUSINESS LEADERS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN COMPANIES AS WELL AS AFRO-BRAZILIAN COMPANIES
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $9,289.37
source

Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: CBCF TRIP TO BRAZIL
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $11,718.14
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