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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

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Trips sponsored by

General Electric Co


Total cost of 40 trips: $72,274.00


Traveler: Bob Barr (from the office of Bob Barr)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: INTERVIEW
Date: May 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $428.60
source

Traveler: Richard Durbin (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEAR ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Sep 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $9,550.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 23, 2000
Expense: $4,300.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL FROM WILMINGTON, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $775.00
source

Traveler: Jean Carnahan (from the office of Jean Carnahan)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "THE TODAY SHOW"
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $552.34
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Traveler: Anthony Wyche (from the office of Jean Carnahan)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: APPEARANCE OF SENATOR JEAN CARNAHAN ON THE TODAY SHOW
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $552.34
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Jan 28, 2001
Expense: $135.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON TODAY SHOW
Date: Apr 27, 2001
Expense: $135.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Apr 29, 2001
Expense: $135.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Jun 10, 2001
Expense: $142.50
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jun 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $419.76
source

Traveler: Charles Schumer (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: EAST HAMPTON NY TO WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jul 1, 2001
Expense: $1,540.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: DELAWARE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,942.99
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL FROM LAUREL, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,040.70
source

Traveler: Henry Hyde (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: WASHINGTON
Purpose: TELEVISION APPEARANCE
Date: Sep 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $9,000.00
source

Traveler: Blaine Aaron (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: WASHINGTON
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Date: Sep 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $9,000.00
source

Traveler: John Kerry (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: TO APPEAR ON "HARDBALL" TELEVISION SHOW
Date: Oct 2, 2002
Expense: $620.00
source

Traveler: Hillary Clinton (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ALBANY, NY TO WHITE PLAINS, NY
Purpose: TRAVEL FOR APPEARANCE ON MSNBC PROGRAM
Date: Nov 20, 2002
Expense: $216.50
source

Traveler: Huma Abedin (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ALBANY, NY TO WHITE PLAINS, NY
Purpose: ASSIST SENATOR DURING MSNBC TV APPEARANCE
Date: Nov 20, 2002
Expense: $216.50
source

Traveler: Karen Dunn (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ALBANY TO DULLES
Purpose: STAFF SENATOR'S APPEARANCE ON HARDBALL
Date: Nov 20, 2002
Expense: $216.50
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON NBC'S "TODAY" SHOW
Date: Feb 4, 2003
Expense: $147.00
source

Traveler: Lindsey Graham (from the office of Lindsey Graham)
Destination: COLOMBIA, SC TO DULLES
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 1, 2003
Expense: $601.50
source

Traveler: Steve Buyer (from the office of Steve Buyer)
Destination: IND-LGA-DCA
Purpose: TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE TODAY SHOW
Date: Mar 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $810.00
source

Traveler: John Mccain (from the office of John Mccain)
Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Purpose: INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS MATTHEWS "HARDBALL"
Date: Apr 23, 2003
Expense: $1,913.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: May 5, 2003
Expense: $294.05
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: May 25, 2003
Expense: $1,438.20
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTONG, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jul 20, 2003
Expense: $1,438.20
source

Traveler: Philip English (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR GE MEDICAL SYSTEM CEO HEALTHCARE SYMPOSIUM
Date: Jul 31, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,272.31
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: TRAVEL FROM CAPE HENLOPEN, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC, RETURNING TO CAPE MAY, NJ
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,979.50
source

Traveler: Daniel O'brien (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ASHVILLE, NC
Purpose: ACCOMPANY SENATOR BIDEN TO A TELEVISION APPEARANCE
Date: Oct 11, 2003
Expense: $359.50
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ASHEVILLE, NC TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $6,983.90
source

Traveler: Paul Sarbanes (from the office of Paul Sarbanes)
Destination: ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ
Purpose: TO APPEAR ON THE TELEVISION PROGRAM, "LOUIS RUCKEYSER'S WALL STREET"
Date: Nov 7, 2003
Expense: $383.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: ONE-WAY AIR FARE FROM WASHINGTON, DC TO CHICAGO, IL FOR AN EVENT SUBSEQUENT TO AN APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: May 16, 2004
Expense: $765.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Aug 1, 2004
Expense: $1,074.45
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Dec 19, 2004
Expense: $500.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Lowe (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: LOS ANGELES AND PALM SPRINGS, CA
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,163.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Bonar (from the office of Jim Bunning)
Destination: LOS ANGELES AND PALM SPRINGS, CA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING WIND ENERGY AND INTECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,239.22
source

Traveler: Kurt Bilas (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: SEE WIND TURBINE FARMS AND LEARN ABOUT IP PIRACY ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,304.22
source

Traveler: Michael Holland (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS TO BURBANK
Purpose: TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WIND PRODUCTION (ELECTRICITY) AND ENTERTAINMENT ASPECTS OF GE AND THOSE ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO GE; INCLUDING TAX, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, PIRACY, TRADE, AND ENERGY
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,239.22
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUNDTRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Feb 27, 2005
Expense: $1,450.00
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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