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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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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

American Petroleum Institute


Total cost of 18 trips: $55,928.04


Traveler: Ben Hartley (from the office of Bill Archer)
Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Purpose: ANNUAL EXCISE TAX FORUM
Date: Apr 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
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Traveler: Vanessa Griddine (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Purpose: ENERGY FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,338.25
source

Traveler: Lillie Coney (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Purpose: TOUR ENERGY RELATED INDUSTRIES, DISCCUSS ENERGY ISSUES
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,338.25
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Traveler: Sheila Jackson Lee (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Purpose:
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,338.25
source

Traveler: Wendy Brafman (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,483.25
source

Traveler: Andres Dhokai (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,483.25
source

Traveler: Mark Carrie (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC - HOUSTON, TX
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,483.25
source

Traveler: Leon Buck (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,483.25
source

Traveler: Yohannes Tsehai (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,483.25
source

Traveler: Corrine Brown (from the office of Corrine Brown)
Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Purpose: FACT FINDING ENERGY SUMMIT
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $7,146.50
source

Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: DC-HOUSTON-CLEVELAND
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,968.00
source

Traveler: Patrice Willoughby (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: HOUSTON
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP OF BRIEFINGS AND TOURS TO EXAMINE THE OIL AND NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY, EXPLORATION, REFINING, PRODUCTION OF NATURAL GAS AND OIL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,968.00
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination:
Purpose: CBC ENERGY SUMMIT
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,733.25
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Purpose: CBC ENERGY INDUSTRY DIALOGUE
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $5,731.50
source

Traveler: Mike Mckay (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Purpose: CBC ENERGY INDUSTRY DIALOGUE
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,263.25
source

Traveler: Gerald Couri (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: SPEECH ON CONGRESSIONAL EFFORT AS IT RELATES TO LEAKING UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS
Date: Oct 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $890.94
source

Traveler: Deirdne James (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: HOUSTON
Purpose: THE PURPOSE OF THE API EXCISE TAX FORUM WAS TO DISCUSS CURRENT ISSUES OF INTEREST TO EXCISE TAX PRACTITIONERS IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. THE TOPIC OF MY SPEECH WAS THE TAX PROVISIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND REAUTHORIZATION
Date: May 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $919.70
source

Traveler: Deirdne James (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: HOUSTON
Purpose: SPEECH GIVEN AT THE EXCISE TAX FORUM
Date: May 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $625.90
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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