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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

Washington Office on Latin America


Total cost of 31 trips: $55,948.87


Traveler: Rob Neal (from the office of George Nethercutt)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: ASSESSMENT OF FOOD & MEDICINE SANCTIONS
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,241.17
source

Traveler: Sean Carroll (from the office of Sam Gejdenson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: ASSESS POLITICAL & ECON. SITUATION
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,262.42
source

Traveler: Ellyn Toscano (from the office of Jose Serrano)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,241.17
source

Traveler: Nadine Berg (from the office of Jose Serrano)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,241.17
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF THE U.S. EMBARGO ON THE PEOPLE OF CUBA
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,411.62
source

Traveler: Edward Augustus (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING. TO FACILITATE EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN MASSACHUSETTES UNIVERSITIES AND CUBAN COUNTERPARTS
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND SET UP EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN CUBAN & MASSACHUSETTS UNIVERSITIES
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: Michael Mershon (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & ESTABLISHING ACADEMIC & CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN CUBAN & MASSACHUSETTS UNIVERSITIES
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: Joe Moakley (from the office of Joe Moakley)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CREATING DIALOGUE AND EXCHANGES BETWEEN EDUCATION LEADERS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND CUBA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,792.00
source

Traveler: Stephen Larose (from the office of Joe Moakley)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CREATING DIALOGUE AND EXCHANGES BETWEEN EDUCATION LEADERS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND CUBA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,792.00
source

Traveler: David Rapallo (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: BOGOTA AND ENVIRONS, COLOMBIA, S.A.
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,599.63
source

Traveler: Janice Schakowsky (from the office of Janice Schakowsky)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,930.76
source

Traveler: Jon Samuels (from the office of Janice Schakowsky)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,930.76
source

Traveler: Michael Meishon (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Edward Augustus (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Jonathan Stivers (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Cliff Etammerman (from the office of William Delahunt)
Destination: EL SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT-FINDING; EXAMINING EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS
Date: Mar 29, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $970.00
source

Traveler: Eva Cargill (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: EL SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO EL SALVADOR
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $970.00
source

Traveler: Raffi Hamparian (from the office of Steven Rothman)
Destination: EL SALVADOR
Purpose: EXAMINE EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $970.00
source

Traveler: John Hess (from the office of Barbara Boxer)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH CUBAN OFFICIALS AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,953.00
source

Traveler: Robert Blumenfield (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: FOUR DAYS IN CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,173.00
source

Traveler: Jana Denning (from the office of Dennis Moore)
Destination: FLIGHT FROM BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, TO HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: TO VISIT AGENCIES AND INDIVIDUALS IN CUBA INVOLVED WITH THE AG. SECTOR
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,805.00
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,656.48
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,669.42
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: BOGOTA, COLUMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,145.88
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: BOGOTA, COLUMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,131.84
source

Traveler: Jon Samuels (from the office of Janice Schakowsky)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,991.00
source

Traveler: Jenny Blau (from the office of Hilda Solis)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO EL PASO, TX
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $755.10
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