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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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    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

Back to The Data

Trips sponsored by

Jewish Community Relations Council(s)


Total cost of 24 trips: $86,857.69


Traveler: Stanton Bullock (from the office of Daniel Patrick Moynihan)
Destination: ISRAEL & JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING-ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: David Williams (from the office of Michael Forbes)
Destination: ISRAEL/JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING-ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Jim Messina (from the office of Carolyn Mccarthy)
Destination: ISRAEL/JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING, ISRAEL-MIDDLE EAST, PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,393.00
source

Traveler: Jameel Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: ISRAEL/JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING - ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Christopher Connell (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: ISRAEL/JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING-ISRAEL/MIDDLE BASE/POACO PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Ryan (from the office of Anthony Weiner)
Destination: ISRAEL / JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING - ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/PORCO
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: John Calvelli (from the office of Eliot Engel)
Destination: ISABEL-JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING - ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/PASCA
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Matthew Traub (from the office of Nita Lowey)
Destination: ISRAEL & JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION AND FACT-FINDING RE: ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Steve Hall (from the office of Sue Kelly)
Destination: ISRAEL / JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING, ISRAEL-MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Kiersten Stewart (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: ISRAEL/JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING-ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Stuart Gottlieb (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: BUSINESS
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,956.10
source

Traveler: Charles Schumer (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH ISRAELI LEADERS
Date: Jul 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $12,218.00
source

Traveler: Bradley Tusk (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH ISRAELI LEADERS
Date: Jul 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,650.00
source

Traveler: Hillary Clinton (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: NEWARK-ISRAEL-NEW YORK
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRAVEL
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,392.89
source

Traveler: Huma Abedin (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose:
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,875.76
source

Traveler: Barbara Mikulski (from the office of Barbara Mikulski)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO GIVE A SPEECH
Date: Feb 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $337.54
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,596.90
source

Traveler: Anthony Weiner (from the office of Anthony Weiner)
Destination: TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,510.90
source

Traveler: Eliot Engel (from the office of Eliot Engel)
Destination: LONDON - ISRAEL - NEW YORK
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH ELECTED & COMMUNITY LEADERS
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,441.20
source

Traveler: Mark Kennedy (from the office of Mark Kennedy)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: FACT FINDING - LEARNING VIABLE INFORMATION REGARDING HOMELAND SECURITY, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONS
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,727.80
source

Traveler: John Kline (from the office of John Kline)
Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS, FACT-FINDING MISSIONS
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,727.80
source

Traveler: Michael Capuano (from the office of Michael Capuano)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $5,810.40
source

Traveler: Kate Auspitz (from the office of Michael Capuano)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $3,461.40
source

Traveler: Jeffrey Thomas (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK; TEL AVIV, ISRAEL; SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: EXPOSURE TO VIEWS AND ISSUES OF MIDDLE EAST PEACE WITH NGO'S AND GOV'T OFFICIALS AND PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $3,321.00
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