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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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    "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

European Institute


Total cost of 39 trips: $377,374.52


Traveler: Paul Unger (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: FRANCE AND ENGLAND
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT-FINDING TRIP ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN THE SERVICES AND AERONAUTICS SECTORS
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $7,125.00
source

Traveler: Charles Salem (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: TOULOUSSE, PARIS, MANCHESTER
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF TRADE WITH MAJOR EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN COMPANIES, FACILITIES INSPECTION, AND MEETINGS WITH EUROPEAN & AMERICAN TRADE OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,575.00
source

Traveler: James Reed (from the office of John Rockefeller)
Destination: TOULOUSE FRANCE, PARIS, FRANCE, & WALES
Purpose: VISIT AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,847.00
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Traveler: Penny Dodge (from the office of Peter Defazio)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,847.00
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Traveler: Ann Fisher (from the office of Susan Collins)
Destination: TOULOUSE, FRANCE; PARIS; CHESTER, ENGLAND
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP FOCUSING ON INTL. COMPETITION & TRADE, COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING, GLOBAL POSTAL ISSUES
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,180.00
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Traveler: Dan Archer (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: FRANCE & BRITAIN
Purpose: STAFF FACT FINDING TRIP ON US-TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,175.00
source

Traveler: Robert Taub (from the office of John Mchugh)
Destination: TOULOUSE, FRANCE; CHESTER, UK; PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: TO STUDY ISSUES OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND COMPETITION, INCLUDING THE POSTAL AND DELIVERY SECTOR
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $6,180.00
source

Traveler: Kathleen Zeen (from the office of Don Young)
Destination: TOULOUSE, FRANCE - BROUGHTON, WALES - PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: TOUR AIRBUS HEADQUARTERS & ASSEMBLY PLANT; LEARN ABOUT COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING, INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION & TRADE, & GLOBAL POSTAL ISSUES
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,180.00
source

Traveler: Anne Caldwell (from the office of Richard Shelby)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP ON TRADE, SECURITY & AVIATION ISSUES
Date: Dec 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $11,717.89
source

Traveler: Victoria Cox (from the office of Richard Shelby)
Destination: PARIS FRANCE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP ON TRADE & SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Dec 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $11,717.89
source

Traveler: David Russell (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: AVIATION & TRANSPORTATION SECURITY
Date: Dec 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $11,717.89
source

Traveler: Allison Martin (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Dec 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $11,717.89
source

Traveler: Joyce Brayboy (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A EDUCATIONAL, BUSINESS AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE WITH VARIOUS BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATIONS AND OFFICIALS IN FRANCE
Date: Dec 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $11,717.89
source

Traveler: Robert Hobart (from the office of Zach Wamp)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $11,717.89
source

Traveler: Jill Konz (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $11,513.36
source

Traveler: Shiloh Reiher (from the office of Deborah Pryce)
Destination: PARIS
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $11,513.36
source

Traveler: Brent Perry (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: TOULOUSE, FRANCE AND MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
Purpose: FOCUS ON INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AND TRADE, COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING AND RELATED ISSUES
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,496.00
source

Traveler: Patricia Doty (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL TRADE, SECURITY, COMMERCIAL AVIATION AND RELATED ISSUES FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $11,513.36
source

Traveler: Jarrod Thompson (from the office of Conrad Burns)
Destination: FRANCE AND GREAT BRITAIN
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AND TRADE, COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,496.00
source

Traveler: Mildred Webber (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: TOULOUSE, FRANCE TO MANCHESTER, ENGLAND TO PARIS
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE BUSINESS CLIMATE FOR THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY-SPECIFICALLY DEFENSE RELATED
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,496.00
source

Traveler: Amy Chiang (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: TOULOUSE PARIS - WALES PARIS
Purpose: TRADE RELATED FACT FINDING TRIP TOUR TO FRANCE
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $5,496.00
source

Traveler: Donna Pignatelli (from the office of Sherrod Brown)
Destination: FRANCE-GREAT BRITAIN
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND COMMERCE
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,496.00
source

Traveler: Sarah Birch (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: PARIS
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP FOCUSED ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE, SECURITY, COMMERCIAL AVIATION AND RELATED ISSUES.
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $11,513.36
source

Traveler: Julia Gustafson (from the office of Dennis Rehberg)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $11,513.36
source

Traveler: Arthur Estopinan (from the office of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)
Destination: TOULOUSE, FRANCE - MANCHESTER, UK - PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL TRADE RELATED FACT-FINDING VISIT TO FRANCE/UK FOCUSING ON COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING, INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMPETITION AND RELATED ISSUES
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,496.00
source

Traveler: Eve Young (from the office of Ed Pastor)
Destination: TOULOUSE, FRANCE TO MANCHESTER, ENGLAND TO PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,496.00
source

Traveler: Shannon Hines (from the office of Richard Shelby)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: SECURITY & AVIATION FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 13, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $12,141.77
source

Traveler: Margaret Cummisky (from the office of Daniel Inouye)
Destination: FRANCE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING BRIEFINGS ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE, CARGO SECURITY, AND COMMERCIAL AVIATION
Date: Dec 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $12,141.77
source

Traveler: Thomas Hawks (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP REGARDING TRANSPORTATION AND TRADE
Date: Dec 13, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $12,141.77
source

Traveler: Sam Whitehorn (from the office of Ernest Hollings)
Destination: PARIS, FR
Purpose: MEET WITH U.S. AND FR. GOV. OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Dec 13, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $11,700.00
source

Traveler: Richard Perry (from the office of Lindsey Graham)
Destination: FRANCE
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN TRADE, SECURITY AND AVIATION MISSION INCLUDING MEETINGS W/ U.S. AMBASSADOR AND FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER
Date: Dec 13, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $10,013.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Stewart (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Dec 13, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $12,141.77
source

Traveler: John Bartling (from the office of Christopher Bond)
Destination: FRANCE
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO EUROPE FOCUSING ON AVIATION ISSUES
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $12,661.00
source

Traveler: Susan Mccue (from the office of Harry Reid)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND MEETING WITH EMBASSY, GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $12,663.05
source

Traveler: Joel Maiula (from the office of Judd Gregg)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $12,663.05
source

Traveler: John Easton (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $12,663.05
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Greer (from the office of F. Allen Boyd)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $12,663.05
source

Traveler: Jaclyn Madden (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: PARIS
Purpose: TRADE, SECURITY, AND AVIATION FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $12,663.05
source

Traveler: I Lanier Avant (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP IN REGARDS TO CARGO SHIPMENTS THROUGH EUROPE
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $12,663.05
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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