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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

Teamsters Union


Total cost of 16 trips: $33,368.37


Traveler: Nate Woodward (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF LABOR ISSUES. TO ACCOMPANY AND PROVIDE SECURITY FOR REP. WATERS
Date: Sep 11, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $360.00
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: BALTIMORE - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Purpose: DISCUSSION ON LABOR ISSUES
Date: Sep 11, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $355.19
source

Traveler: David Bonior (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: DETROIT
Purpose:
Date: Jul 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Traveler: Loretta Sanchez (from the office of Loretta Sanchez)
Destination: LAX - LAS VEGAS - WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $478.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Daschle (from the office of Thomas Daschle)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 25, 2001
Expense: $1,839.00
source

Traveler: Jessica Roach (from the office of Marcy Kaptur)
Destination: MEXICO CITY - EL PASO
Purpose: CO-DEL PLANNING
Date: Oct 29, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,075.00
source

Traveler: Bernard Sanders (from the office of Bernard Sanders)
Destination: BURLINGTON, VT-WASHINGTON, D.C.-EL PASO, TX-JUAREZ MEXICO-MEXICO CITY- WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: TO STUDY EFFECTS OF TRADE POLICY AND ATTENDED MEETINGS WITH OFFICIALS AND A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY LEADERS.
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,822.57
source

Traveler: Raul Grijalva (from the office of Raul Grijalva)
Destination: CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEX
Purpose: STUDY THE EFFECT OF NAFTA AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS ON THE US-MEXICO BORDER
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,523.16
source

Traveler: Janice Schakowsky (from the office of Janice Schakowsky)
Destination: LAS VEGAS-EL PASO, TX-MEXICO CITY, MEXICO-CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: NAFTA TOUR
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,819.00
source

Traveler: John Haseley (from the office of Ted Strickland)
Destination: El Paso, TX/MEXICO CITY/El Paso, TX
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AFFECTS OF NAFTA.
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,762.28
source

Traveler: Ted Strickland (from the office of Ted Strickland)
Destination: El Paso, TXMEXICO CITY/El Paso, TX
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF NAFTA.
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,762.28
source

Traveler: Jessica Roach (from the office of Marcy Kaptur)
Destination: EL PASO - MEXICO CITY
Purpose: CO-DEL TO STUDY EFFECTS OF NAFTA
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,125.00
source

Traveler: Marcy Kaptur (from the office of Marcy Kaptur)
Destination: EL PASO, TEXAS AND MEXICO
Purpose: TO STUDY EFFECTS OF NAFTA
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,125.00
source

Traveler: Jerry Costello (from the office of Jerry Costello)
Destination: ST. LOUIS-CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO-MEXICO CITY, MEXICO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON THE EFFECTS OF NAFTA ON ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,284.52
source

Traveler: Linda Sanchez (from the office of Linda Sanchez)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA-SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR
Purpose: TO MONITOR THE STATUS OF THE SOTO MURDER INVESTIGATION
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,060.02
source

Traveler: George Miller (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO-SAN DIEGO-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER AT TEAMSTERS' ANNUAL MEETING RE SOCIAL SECURITY & MULTI-EMPLOYER BENEFIT PLANS
Date: Mar 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $877.35
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