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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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    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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Back to The Data

Trips sponsored by

Christopher Reynolds Foundation


Total cost of 29 trips: $47,483.11


Traveler: Sandra Caron (from the office of Bernard Sanders)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA AND HAVANNA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, STUDY EFFECTS OF U.S. EMBARGO
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,778.47
source

Traveler: Frederick Zylman (from the office of Earl Hilliard)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA, VIA MIAMI, KL
Purpose: INFORMATION GATHERING
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,478.47
source

Traveler: Dawn Patrice Jackson (from the office of Vic Snyder)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: TO EXAMINE IMPACT OF EMBARGO ON VARIOUS INDUSTRIES IN CONNECTION WITH OFFICIAL DUTIES
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,775.47
source

Traveler: Marsha Mccraven (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,778.47
source

Traveler: Faith Blackburne (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: MIAMI AND HAVANA
Purpose: IMPROVING US/CUBA RELATIONS
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,778.47
source

Traveler: David Madland (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose:
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,778.47
source

Traveler: Jennifer Park (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH MINISTRY OF TRADE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION ON HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN CUBA
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,923.32
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA
Purpose:
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,923.32
source

Traveler: Michelle Mancini (from the office of Michael Capuano)
Destination: FACT-FINDING MISSION IN CUBA
Purpose: MEET W/ OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS EMBARGO & HUMAN RIGHTS
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,923.32
source

Traveler: Erich Pfuehler (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: CANCUN - HAVANA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,004.43
source

Traveler: Kevin Casey (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,004.43
source

Traveler: Jodi Keyserling (from the office of David Price)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,922.40
source

Traveler: Hans Hogrefe (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: CANCUN-HAVANA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,923.32
source

Traveler: Jonathan Fremont (from the office of Cynthia Mckinney)
Destination: MET WITH CUBAN OFFICIALS, VISITED SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, CHURCHES, NGO'S
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 1, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,004.43
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: HAVANA AND SAN ANTONIO DE LOS BANOS, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON THE EFFECTS OF THE CUBAN EMBARGO
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,832.78
source

Traveler: Carolyn Kilpatrick (from the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.73
source

Traveler: Melvin Watt (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TRIP TO CUBA
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,329.23
source

Traveler: Robert Odom (from the office of William Clay)
Destination: MIAMI, FL, CANCUN, MEXICO, HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION (FACT-FINDING TOUR)
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,340.16
source

Traveler: Roshan Hodge (from the office of Corrine Brown)
Destination: WASHINGTON-CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING STAFF DELEGATION
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,350.16
source

Traveler: Khalil Munir (from the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick)
Destination: CANCUN-HAVANA-COZUMEL-MIAMI
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,340.16
source

Traveler: Kimberly Rudolph (from the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick)
Destination: WASHINGTON D.C.-HAVANA, CUBA-DETROIT, MI
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,342.16
source

Traveler: Julie Nickson (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: ATLANTA-HAVANA, CUBA-DC
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,393.16
source

Traveler: Michael Collins (from the office of John Lewis)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,280.16
source

Traveler: Bennie Thompson (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CUBA BUSINESS FACT FINDING
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,298.26
source

Traveler: Timla Washington (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CUBA BUSINESS FACT FINDING
Date: May 31, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,419.89
source

Traveler: Steve Gavin (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CUBA BUSINESS FACT FINDING
Date: May 31, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,419.89
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA-CANCON-HAVANA-MIAMI
Purpose: EXPLORE FIRST-HAND THE ISSUES CURRENTLY FACING THE PEOPLE OF CUBA. AN OPPORTUNITY TO FASTER A MORE PRAGMATIC APPROACH TOWARDS DEALING WITH THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT AND FINDING CONSTRUCTIVE SOLUTIONS TO US/CUBA POLICY CONCERNS
Date: Jul 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,555.29
source

Traveler: Morat Bokcigdem (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA-CANCON-HAVANA-MIAMI
Purpose: EXPLORE FIRST-HAND THE ISSUES CURRENTLY FACING THE PEOPLE OF CUBA. AN OPPORTUNITY TO FASTER A MORE PRAGMATIC APPROACH TOWARDS DEALING WITH THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT AND FINDING CONSTRUCTIVE SOLUTIONS TO US/CUBA POLICY CONCERNS
Date: Jul 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,555.29
source

Traveler: Diane Watson (from the office of Diane Watson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jul 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,679.00
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