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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

    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

Business Roundtable


Total cost of 23 trips: $58,864.53


Traveler: John Cornyn (from the office of John Cornyn)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: ATTENDED THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE'S CONGRESS AND THE ECONOMY PROGRAM
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,911.88
source

Traveler: Lindsey Graham (from the office of Lindsey Graham)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $736.94
source

Traveler: Steve Pearce (from the office of Steve Pearce)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: MEMBERS AND BUSINESS LEADERS DISCUSSING BUSINESS ISSUES AND ACTIVITIES OF MUTUAL IMPORTANCE
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,585.88
source

Traveler: Steve King (from the office of Steve King)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: MEETING BETWEEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY LEADERS ON MATTERS OF PUBLIC POLICY RELATING TO BUSINESS AND THE ECONOMY
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,585.88
source

Traveler: Candice Miller (from the office of Candice Miller)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO NEW YORK CITY TO DETROIT, MI
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE'S CONGRESS AND THE ECONOMY PROGRAM
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,219.09
source

Traveler: Chris Chocola (from the office of Chris Chocola)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY - SOUTH BEND, IN
Purpose: DIALOGUE BETWEEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY ON THE ECONOMY
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,000.38
source

Traveler: Paul Unger (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,596.70
source

Traveler: Brian Pomper (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION AND THE DOHA ROUND OF TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,410.00
source

Traveler: Regina Mahony (from the office of Steny Hoyer)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: MEETING WITH US, EU AND OTHER TRADE AMBASSADORS AT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,597.00
source

Traveler: Michael Castellano (from the office of Sander Levin)
Destination: ZURICH-GENEVA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WTO MEETINGS
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,596.70
source

Traveler: Randall Suderquist (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRAVEL
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $6,596.70
source

Traveler: Angela Ellard (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: CORAL GABLES, FL
Purpose: SPEAK AT TRADE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,170.40
source

Traveler: Brian Pomper (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEAK ON A CHIEF TRADE COUNSEL'S PANEL SPONSORED BY THE BRT
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $775.00
source

Traveler: Tim Reif (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON WTO TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.08
source

Traveler: Randall Soderquist (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: EL SALVADOR AND GUATEMALA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING CONCERNING CENTRAL AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (CAFTA)
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,425.00
source

Traveler: Brian Gaston (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR - GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA
Purpose: ATTENDED MEETINGS AND DISCUSSIONS WITH SALVADORAN AND GUATEMALAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE REGARDING THE CENTRAL AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,575.00
source

Traveler: David Malech (from the office of Kevin Brady)
Destination: EL SALVADOR - GUATEMALA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,425.00
source

Traveler: Matt Price (from the office of Vic Snyder)
Destination: SAN SALVADOR-GUATEMALA CITY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN REGARDS TO THE CENTRAL AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,425.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Shore (from the office of Deborah Pryce)
Destination: SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR-GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA-ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENT LEADERS, US EMPOSSING, LOCAL BUSINESS TO DISCUSS THE CENTRAL AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,425.00
source

Traveler: Angela Ellard (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: SAN SALVADOR-GUATEMALA CITY
Purpose: PREPARATION & FACT GATHERING FOR CONGRESSIONAL CONSIDERATION OF CENTRAL AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,165.00
source

Traveler: Kim Monk (from the office of Judd Gregg)
Destination: NYC
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTH CARE STRATEGY SESSION ATTENDED BY MEMBERS OF THE BRT HEALTH & RETIREMENT COORDINATING COMMITTEE
Date: Apr 7, 2005
Expense: $340.00
source

Traveler: Emily Porter (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE EDUCATION TASK FORCE MEETING OF BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Jul 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $447.26
source

Traveler: Alice Cain (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: BROOMFIELD, CO
Purpose: TO SPEAK ON A PANEL ABOUT REP. MILLER'S TEACH ACT & OTHER ISSUES BEFORE THE ED & WORKFORCE COMMITTEE
Date: Jul 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $754.64
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