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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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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

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co


Total cost of 29 trips: $43,343.57


Traveler: David Frank (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: RETIREMENT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 19, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,670.00
source

Traveler: Siobhan Mcgill (from the office of Richard Armey)
Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Purpose: RETIREMENT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,231.45
source

Traveler: Brian Gaston (from the office of Richard Armey)
Destination: TAMPA / ORLANDO
Purpose: RETIREMENT SAVINGS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,465.05
source

Traveler: Steven Keenan (from the office of Sam Gejdenson)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,083.45
source

Traveler: Dave Karvelas (from the office of Nancy Johnson)
Destination: ORLANDO, FLA.
Purpose: RETIREMENT POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,110.00
source

Traveler: Todd Funk (from the office of Nancy Johnson)
Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Purpose: RETIREMENT POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,444.00
source

Traveler: Michael Harrington (from the office of E. Clay Shaw)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL (CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT LEGISLATION)
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,861.20
source

Traveler: James Glenn (from the office of Michael Mcnulty)
Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Purpose: PENSION AND RETIREMENT ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,374.88
source

Traveler: Dianne Miller (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: SEMINAR ON RETIREMENT SAVINGS ISSUES
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,366.25
source

Traveler: Barbara Pate (from the office of Rob Portman)
Destination: ORLANDO, PL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,863.64
source

Traveler: Robert Schellhas (from the office of Rob Portman)
Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,893.00
source

Traveler: Chad Jenkins (from the office of John Tanner)
Destination: ORLANDO
Purpose: TAX AND PENSION SEMINAR
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,281.74
source

Traveler: Benjamin Cardin (from the office of Benjamin Cardin)
Destination: EPCOT CENTER, ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEAK AT METLIFE EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON PENSION AND RETIREMENT ISSUE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $727.41
source

Traveler: Barry Jackson (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: RETIREMENT POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,951.00
source

Traveler: John Boehner (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: ADDRESS TO RETIREMENT POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,448.50
source

Traveler: Neil Volz (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination:
Purpose: RETIREMENT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,364.00
source

Traveler: Chris Bowlin (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: RETIREMENT POLICY SEMINAR
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Traveler: Priscilla Ross (from the office of Benjamin Cardin)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT SECURITY
Date: Dec 15, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Traveler: Diane Oakley (from the office of Earl Pomeroy)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT REGARDING RETIREMENT SECURITY
Date: Dec 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,368.00
source

Traveler: Michael Szymanski (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: LIFE INSURANCE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $570.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Bonar (from the office of Jim Bunning)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: ATTEND 2-DAY CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT INCOME AT NEW YORK MARRIOT HOSTED BY METLIFE, INC.
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Traveler: Patrick Heck (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: NYC
Purpose: ATTEND "THE ROLE OF INSURANCE IN ADDRESSING AMERICA'S RETIREMENT INCOME CRISIS"
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $650.00
source

Traveler: Stephen Bailey (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Traveler: Bob Van Heuvelen (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $879.00
source

Traveler: Evan Liddiard (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN METLIFE'S CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT INCOME
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,094.00
source

Traveler: Joanna Foust (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: NY LAGUARDIA
Purpose: THE ROLE OF INSURANCE IN ADDRESSING AMERICA'S RETIREMENT INCOME CRISIS
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Traveler: Neil Bradley (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: SEMINAR CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT INCOME
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Traveler: Guerino Calemine (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: PENN STATION, NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING ON RETIREMENT INCOME ISSUES; ATTEND CONFERENCE ENTITLED "THE ROLE OF INSURANCE IN ADDRESSING AMERICA'S RETIREMENT INCOME CRISIS"
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Traveler: Jorge Castro (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: Wash DC - New York City - Wash DC
Purpose: To discuss retirement and tax issues
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,271.00
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