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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

Grocery Manufacturers of America


Total cost of 49 trips: $42,621.52


Traveler: Jon Hixson (from the office of Jerry Moran)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: May 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $948.85
source

Traveler: Jill Homan (from the office of Robert Ehrlich)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: FIELD STUDY
Date: May 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $929.85
source

Traveler: Sean Donohue (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: ATTEND 9TH CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM-SERVE ON DISCUSSION PANELS RE: FOOD SAFETY & REGULATION
Date: May 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $586.75
source

Traveler: Danelle Farmer (from the office of Larry Combest)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE ON PANEL REGARDING FOOD AND NUTRITION ISSUES.
Date: May 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $584.75
source

Traveler: Kevin Washington (from the office of Richard Armey)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN GMA'S 9TH ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM PANEL
Date: May 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $586.75
source

Traveler: Sam Lancaster (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: FACT FINDING/PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: May 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $586.75
source

Traveler: Dan Beattie (from the office of John Dingell)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: FOOD & NUTRITION ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $586.75
source

Traveler: Timothy Johnson (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: HOMESTEAD RESORT, HOT SPRINGS VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $586.00
source

Traveler: Mary Beth Carozza (from the office of David Hobson)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $586.75
source

Traveler: Timothy Day (from the office of Deborah Pryce)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $586.75
source

Traveler: Heather Stansell (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: CHICAGO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FIELD STUDY
Date: May 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $780.08
source

Traveler: Kurt Pfotenhaver (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM WITH CAPITOL HILL STAFFERS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE
Date: May 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $625.50
source

Traveler: Stephen Haterius (from the office of Larry Combest)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $821.00
source

Traveler: Russell Middleton (from the office of Larry Combest)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $659.50
source

Traveler: Mildred Webber (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE ISSUES OF FOOD SAFETY AND THE FOOD INDUSTRY
Date: May 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $625.50
source

Traveler: Rob Neal (from the office of George Nethercutt)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $625.50
source

Traveler: Brent Del Monte (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM PANELIST
Date: May 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $625.50
source

Traveler: Brenda Pillors (from the office of Edolphus Towns)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM-HOT SPRINGS VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $625.50
source

Traveler: Henry Bonilla (from the office of Henry Bonilla)
Destination: GMA EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE
Purpose:
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,032.13
source

Traveler: Jennifer Dunn (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVA
Purpose: SPEECH TO THEIR EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $980.26
source

Traveler: Richard Boykin (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: GMA & FMI EDUCATIONAL FIELD STUDY-AGRICULTURE-NUTRITION
Date: May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $973.80
source

Traveler: Alex Albert (from the office of Zell Miller)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON FOOD SAFETY LEGISLATION
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $650.00
source

Traveler: Sean Donohue (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: BECKLEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM ON FOOD SAFETY AND FDA OVERSIGHT OF FOOD PRODUCERS
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,057.00
source

Traveler: Mildred Webber (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO HOT SPRINGS VA
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND SPEAK AT MEETING ON ISSUES FACING GROCERY MANUFACTURERS PARTICULARLY TRADE, FOOD SAFETY, HEALTH AND NUTRITION & OBESITY
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $858.44
source

Traveler: Kathryn Lehman (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: WASH DC TO HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND SPEAK AT MEETING ON ISSUES FACING GROCERY MANUFACTURERS SUCH AS TRADE, FOOD SAFETY, HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $745.20
source

Traveler: Richard Boykin (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $815.20
source

Traveler: Brenda Pillors (from the office of Edolphus Towns)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $745.20
source

Traveler: Timothy Peters (from the office of Robin Hayes)
Destination: ELEVENTH GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $778.46
source

Traveler: Michael Sommers (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $990.46
source

Traveler: Steven Tilton (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: SESSION ON BROTEROSUN, LUNCH, SESSION OUTSIDE, DINNER, SESSION ON OTHER SUE
Purpose: DISCUSS ISSUED CRITICAL TO FUND INDUSTRY & CHACILE STAFF CONSUMER PRODUCT
Date: May 18, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $936.45
source

Traveler: W.J. Tauzin (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: SPEAKER, GMA EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,460.86
source

Traveler: John Boehner (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: GREENBRIER - WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: REMARKS AT THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS CONFERENCE MEETING
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,538.83
source

Traveler: Rebecca Linder (from the office of Cass Ballenger)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FIELD STUDY RE: COFFEE RECEIVING: PROCESSING
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $789.72
source

Traveler: Edward Steiner (from the office of Sam Farr)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $789.72
source

Traveler: Michael Seyfert (from the office of Pat Roberts)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE WITH OTHER CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON PANELS TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY ISSUES INFECTING AGRICULTURE & THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $505.12
source

Traveler: Mark Strand (from the office of James Talent)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP-PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON ISSUES AFFECTING THE FOOD, BEVERAGE, AND CONSUMER PRODUCTS INDUSTRY, INCLUDING HEALTH AND NUTRITION, FOOD SECURITY AND SAFETY, FOOD LABELING, TRADE, BIOTECHNOLOGY
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,010.24
source

Traveler: Brian Pomper (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GMA'S CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $630.00
source

Traveler: Sean Donohue (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: ATTEND A CONGRESSIONAL FORUM ON ISSUES AFFECTING THE FOOD AND CONSUMER PRODUCT INDUSTRY
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,010.24
source

Traveler: Paul Kavinoky (from the office of George Nethercutt)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS VIRGINIA HOMESTEAD RESORT
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM. LEARN ABOUT ISSUES RELATED TO FOOD SAFETY
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $760.00
source

Traveler: Paul Brathwaite (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: DISCUSSED HEALTH AND NUTRITION ISSUES, AND DISCUSSED BIO-TECHNOLOGY AND OTHER FOOD INDUSTRY MATTERS
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,010.24
source

Traveler: Brenda Pillors (from the office of Edolphus Towns)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS VA
Purpose: GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,010.24
source

Traveler: Erich Mische (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT THE GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,028.35
source

Traveler: Sean Donohue (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: 13TH ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $909.00
source

Traveler: Gordon Taylor (from the office of Chris John)
Destination: HOTSPRINGS, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $909.00
source

Traveler: Tyson Redpath (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN GROCERY MANUFACTURERS OF AMERICA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM TO ACTIVELY DISCUSS FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE ISSUES IMPACTING THE BRANDED FOOD INDUSTRY
Date: May 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $909.00
source

Traveler: Tim Berry (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $909.00
source

Traveler: Tony Jackson (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination:
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL
Date: May 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $780.50
source

Traveler: Brenda Pillors (from the office of Edolphus Towns)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $756.00
source

Traveler: Jonathan Rhodes (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: DC TO CHICAGO, ILL
Purpose: OFFICIAL-TO VISIT AMERICA'S SECOND HARVEST HEADQUARTERS AND TOUR HUNGER SITES INCLUDING CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $384.83
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