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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

    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

Connell Co


Total cost of 25 trips: $29,635.96


Traveler: John Dingell (from the office of John Dingell)
Destination: DETROIT-NEW YORK-WESTFIELD N.J.-WASH. D.C.
Purpose: LUNCHEON SEMINAR
Date: May 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $450.00
source

Traveler: David Bonior (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: BOSTON - NEWARK - WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 17, 2000
Expense: $479.50
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: WESTFIELD, NJ
Purpose: TO SPEAK ABOUT CURRENT LEGISLATIVE ISSUES/ADDRESSING A GROUP OF EXECUTIVES AT THE CONNELL COMPANY
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,050.00
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: SPEAKER AT SEMINAR
Date: Sep 18, 2000
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Charles Stenholm (from the office of Charles Stenholm)
Destination: WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 9, 2000
Expense: $511.00
source

Traveler: Byron Dorgan (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: ADDRESS EMPLOYEES OF CONNELL COMPANY ABOUT CURRENT LEGISLATION EVENTS IN CONGRESS AT COMPANY MEETING
Date: Mar 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $993.00
source

Traveler: Bob Etheridge (from the office of Bob Etheridge)
Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE UPDATE TO COMPANY EMPLOYEES
Date: Mar 27, 2001
Expense: $639.50
source

Traveler: John Dingell (from the office of John Dingell)
Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATING IN SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Apr 17, 2001
Expense: $83.00
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: MEETING & SPEECH AT CONNELL HEADQUARTERS TO ACCOMPANY REP. JEFFERSON
Date: Jul 10, 2001
Expense: $240.00
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: ADDRESS A GROUP OF CONNELL GROUP EXECUTIVES ON A VARIETY OF POLITICAL ISSUES
Date: Sep 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,184.00
source

Traveler: Martin Frost (from the office of Martin Frost)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PENN STATION, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,412.00
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: BERKLEY HEIGHTS, N.J.
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN SEMINAR
Date: May 20, 2002
Expense: $469.50
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN SEMINAR SERIES ON THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Sep 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,677.00
source

Traveler: Martin Frost (from the office of Martin Frost)
Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Feb 7, 2003
Expense: $2,528.50
source

Traveler: Tim Johnson (from the office of Tim Johnson)
Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR THE CONNELL COMPANY'S SEMINAR SERIES ON THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Mar 24, 2003
Expense: $570.00
source

Traveler: Charles Stenholm (from the office of Charles Stenholm)
Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 30, 2003
Expense: $563.50
source

Traveler: Marion Berry (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ
Purpose: SPEECH TO EMPLOYEES OF THE CONNELL CO.
Date: May 5, 2003
Expense: $430.00
source

Traveler: Patrick Kennedy (from the office of Patrick Kennedy)
Destination: NEW JERSEY
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON
Date: May 28, 2003
Expense: $900.00
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: NEWARK, N.J. TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN SEMINAR
Date: Jul 21, 2003
Expense: $316.00
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONNELL COMPANY
Date: Sep 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,516.44
source

Traveler: Charles Stenholm (from the office of Charles Stenholm)
Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.
Purpose:
Date: Feb 23, 2004
Expense: $568.70
source

Traveler: Martin Frost (from the office of Martin Frost)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEWARK, NJ (ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE)
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Mar 2, 2004
Expense: $2,558.70
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NEW JERSEY
Purpose: ATTENDED LUNCHEON TO ADDRESS SENIOR EXECUTIVES
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,466.13
source

Traveler: Bennie Thompson (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - NEWARK, NJ - BILOXI, MS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPANT IN A SEMINAR ENTITLED "THE 109TH CONGRESS" AND PROVIDE UPDATE INFORMATION ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES IN FOREIGN TRADE, TAXES, AND THE ECONOMY
Date: May 6, 2005
Expense: $831.60
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR
Date: Jun 13, 2005
Expense: $618.89
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