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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

Hanns Seidel Foundation


Total cost of 30 trips: $103,717.08


Traveler: Mark Oesterle (from the office of Richard Shelby)
Destination: GERMANY; BELGIUM
Purpose: STAFF FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,200.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Wheeler (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: MUNICH AND BERLIN GERMANY. BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: 15TH ANNUAL FACT-FINDING CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,100.00
source

Traveler: Susan Magill (from the office of John Warner)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MUNICH, GERMANY; BRUSSELS, BELGIUM; BERLIN, GERMANY
Purpose: TO DISCUSS CURRENT ECONOMIC, POLITICAL & DEFENSE ISSUES WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF BAVARIAN STATE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF GERMANY AS WELL AS THE EUROPEAN UNION & NATO
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,100.00
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Traveler: Rebecca Tice (from the office of Charles Stenholm)
Destination: MUNICH, BRUSSELS, BERLIN, GERMANY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING U.S./GERMAN RELATIONS
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,100.00
source

Traveler: Marc Gonzales (from the office of Gene Green)
Destination: MUNICH, BRUSSELS AND BERLIN
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING US/GERMAN RELATIONS
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,100.00
source

Traveler: John Magill (from the office of Wally Herger)
Destination: FRANKFORT-MIMISH-BRUSSELS-BERLIN-FRANKFORT
Purpose: DISCUSS BILATERAL RELATIONS BETWEEN US & GERMANY - NATU AND EURO MEETINGS, AS WELL
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,100.00
source

Traveler: Karissa Willhite (from the office of Robert Menendez)
Destination: MUNICH, BRUSSELS, AND BERLIN
Purpose: EXPLORE U.S.-GERMAN RELATIONS, DIFFERENCES IN DOMESTIC LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AND PROCESSES AS WELL AS NATO/EU RELATIONS WITH MEMBER STATES & U.S.
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,100.00
source

Traveler: Howard Rosen (from the office of Connie Mack)
Destination: UNIV. REGENSBURG, GERMANY
Purpose: CONFERENCE "THE CLINTON PRESIDENCY IN RETROSPECT"
Date: Dec 13, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $6,633.84
source

Traveler: Tod Donhauser (from the office of Mark Foley)
Destination: MUNICH AND BERLIN
Purpose: 16TH GERMAN-AMERICAN STAFF FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,790.07
source

Traveler: Paige Ralston (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: MEETINGS
Purpose: FACT FINDING CAF
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,790.07
source

Traveler: Chester Kalis (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: MUNICH & BERLIN
Purpose: GERMAN AMERICAN STAFF FACT FINDING CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,790.07
source

Traveler: Randall Groves (from the office of Gary Condit)
Destination: MUNICH, FRG & BERLIN
Purpose: GERMAN-AMERICAN STAFF FACT-FINDING CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,790.07
source

Traveler: Gregory Thom (from the office of Don Young)
Destination: MUNICH & BERLIN
Purpose: GERMAN-AMERICAN STAFF FACT FINDING CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 1, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,790.07
source

Traveler: John Hambel (from the office of Adam Putnam)
Destination: MUNICH, BERLIN
Purpose: EXCHANGE PROGRAM - MEET WITH GERMAN MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
Date: Jul 1, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,790.07
source

Traveler: Paul Unger (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: BERLIN & MUNICH
Purpose: ATTEND THE 17TH ANNUAL GERMAN-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOR STAFF AIDES
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,964.26
source

Traveler: Stacey Lowder (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: GERMANY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,964.26
source

Traveler: Joanna Herman (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: VISITS TO GERMAN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, BUNDESTAG, HAWNS SEIDEL INT'L CONFERENCE, U.S. EMBASSY - BERLIN
Purpose: FACT FINDING CONFERENCE TO BERLIN & MUNICH GERMANY
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,964.00
source

Traveler: Aaron Lewis (from the office of Dana Rohrabacher)
Destination: GERMANY, BELGIUM
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,183.50
source

Traveler: Heath Hall (from the office of James Talent)
Destination: GERMANY AND BELGIUM
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 18TH GERMAN-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF AIDES IN MUNICH, BRUSSELS AND BERLIN
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,925.00
source

Traveler: Arie Newhouse (from the office of George Voinovich)
Destination: MUNICH (GERMANY), BERLIN (GERMANY), BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND FOREIGN POLICY MATTERS IN THE US-EU, US-NATO, AND US-GERMAN RELATIONS
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,217.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Halataei (from the office of Randy Forbes)
Destination: MUNICH TO BRUSSELS TO BERLIN
Purpose: FACT FINDING/CONFERENCE ON US - GERMAN RELATIONS
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,959.75
source

Traveler: Stephanie Brand (from the office of Gil Gutknecht)
Destination: MUNICH, BRUSSELS, BERLIN GERMANY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,987.96
source

Traveler: Brian Diffell (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: MUNICH - BRUSSELS - BERLIN
Purpose: TRANS-ATLANTIC RELATIONS STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,187.84
source

Traveler: Sheila Moloney (from the office of Sue Myrick)
Destination: DULLES TO MUNICH, BRUSSELS & BERLIN
Purpose: STAFF FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,987.96
source

Traveler: Mark Gaspers (from the office of Jon Kyl)
Destination: MUNICH, GERMANY; BRUSSELS, BELGIUM; BERLIN, GERMANY; FRANKFURTANDERODER, GERMANY; SLUBICE, POLAND
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $5,090.79
source

Traveler: Julie Philp (from the office of Gil Gutknecht)
Destination: GERMANY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,538.00
source

Traveler: Tara Oursler (from the office of C.A. Ruppersberger)
Destination: MUNICH - BRUSSELS - BERLIN
Purpose: TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF GERMAN ISSUES AND STRENGTHEN THE US-GERMAN BOND
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Traveler: Melody Mcentee (from the office of C.A. Ruppersberger)
Destination: WASH. DC-MUNICH GERMANY-BRUSSELS-BERLIN GERMANY
Purpose: EXPLORE AND IMPROVE GERMAN-AMERICAN RELATIONS
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Traveler: Richard Dykema (from the office of Dana Rohrabacher)
Destination: GERMANY, BELGIUM & POLAND
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,526.00
source

Traveler: Marilyn Wacks (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: MUNICH, GERMANY TO BRUSSELS, BELGIUM TO BERLIN, GERMANY
Purpose: TO IMPROVE TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS THROUGH HIGH LEVEL BRIEFINGS, DISCUSSIONS, & PRESENTATIONS WITH BAVARIAN GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PERSONNEL, NATO, THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, GERMAN GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, BUSINESS LEADERS, & FOREIGN P
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,046.50
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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