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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

US-Asean Business Council


Total cost of 23 trips: $124,048.14


Traveler: Ira Wolf (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: THAILAND
Purpose: INFORMATION GATHERING & ORIENTATION ON THAI POLITICS & ECONOMICS
Date: May 28, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $3,350.80
source

Traveler: Louisa Schiller (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: BUSINESS/CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $6,438.32
source

Traveler: Randall Soderquist (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $2,841.00
source

Traveler: Angela Ellard (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: SINGAPORE - HANOI (VIETNAM) - HOCHI MINH CITY (VIETN)
Purpose: ACCOMPANY CONGRESSMAN CRANE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC MISSION TO MEET WITHU.S. AND FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $9,781.00
source

Traveler: Philip Crane (from the office of Philip Crane)
Destination: SINGAPORE - VIETNAM
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $19,562.00
source

Traveler: Charles Freeman (from the office of Frank Murkowski)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION TO MALAYSIA
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $1,800.82
source

Traveler: J J Piskadlo (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR & PERANG, MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 8, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $3,068.00
source

Traveler: David Broome (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: THAILAND / LAOS
Purpose: TRADE & COMMERCE BRIEFINGS
Date: Aug 5, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,905.31
source

Traveler: Franklin Thompson (from the office of John Tanner)
Destination: DULLES AIRPORT TO BANGKOK, THAILAND
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, WITH FOCUS ON CONTINUING EFFORTS TO RECOVER FROM ASIAN FINANCIAL CRISIS. ALSO TRADE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 5, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,905.31
source

Traveler: Peter Muller (from the office of Ellen Tauscher)
Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $3,317.50
source

Traveler: John Seggerman (from the office of Lincoln Chafee)
Destination: SINGAPORE, JAKARTA
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT & PRIVATE SECTOR OFFICIALS TO UNDERSTAND & FURTHER US-SINGAPORE & US-INDONESIAN RELATIONS
Date: Aug 2, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $6,941.00
source

Traveler: Jayme White (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH SINGAPORE
Date: Feb 1, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $7,680.54
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Fay (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: THAILAND
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS REGARDING BILATERAL TRADE TALKS
Date: Aug 3, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,141.00
source

Traveler: J Thomas Brady (from the office of Sam Brownback)
Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Purpose: THE FOCUS OF THE TRIP WILL BE ON THAILAND'S CONTINUING EFFORTS TO RECOVER FROM THE ASIAN FINANCIAL CRISIS, PROSPECTS FOR US-THAILAND FREE TRADE AGREEMENT AND COUNTERTERRORISM IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Date: Aug 3, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,988.64
source

Traveler: Brian Pomper (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Purpose: FACT FINDING CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Aug 3, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,317.46
source

Traveler: Melvin Spence (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND - PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
Purpose: TRADE STAFF DELEGATION. TOPICS OF DISCUSSION WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS & BUSINESS COMMUNITY INCLUDED US-THAILAND FREE TRADE AGREEMENT AND CAMBODIAN TEXTILE TRADE
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,077.97
source

Traveler: Brian Diffell (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: ST LOUIS-BANGKOK-PHNAM PANH-WASH, DC
Purpose: TRADE DISCUSSIONS (FTA THAILAND, WTO CAMBODIA)
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,077.97
source

Traveler: Adam Peterman (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR AND PENANG, MALAYSIA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 9, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $7,248.00
source

Traveler: Adam Peterman (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: THAILAND
Purpose: TRADE-RELATED EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $5,103.00
source

Traveler: Anthony Reed (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,016.25
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: BANGKOK-PHUKETH
Purpose: GOVERNMENT MEETINGS ON US-THAILAND FTA, FOREIGN POLICY AND TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,116.25
source

Traveler: Eric Eikenberg (from the office of E. Clay Shaw)
Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND-PHUKET, THAILAND
Purpose: TRIP HIGHLIGHTED THE PENDING FREE TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE U.S. AND THAILAND. TRIP ALSO DETAILED THE RELIEF EFFORTS FOLLOWING DECEMBER TSUNAMI
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $5,253.75
source

Traveler: Demetrios Marantis (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: THAILAND
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION TRIP TO THAILAND
Date: Mar 27, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,116.25
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