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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

Mortgage Insurance Companies of America


Total cost of 41 trips: $59,263.49


Traveler: Alfred Garesche (from the office of Sue Kelly)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: EDUCATION OF MORTGAGE INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,766.20
source

Traveler: Michael Power (from the office of John Sweeney)
Destination: TOUR OF SAN FRANCISCO, CA AREA, MEETING AT PMI, INC. HEADQUARTERS
Purpose: BRIEFING ON MORTGAGE INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $3,466.20
source

Traveler: Todd Harper (from the office of Paul Kanjorski)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING ON MORTGAGE INSURANCE ISSUES
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,328.20
source

Traveler: Rebecca Seidel (from the office of George Voinovich)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP REGARDING THE MORTGAGE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,429.20
source

Traveler: Matthew Kirk (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: MEETINGS & BRIEFINGS WITH PMI & OTHER MORTGAGE INSURANCE COMPANY EXECUTIVES
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,331.00
source

Traveler: Lesley Strauss (from the office of Robert Byrd)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: MORTGAGE INSURANCE COMPANIES OF AMERICA CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $297.00
source

Traveler: John Carson (from the office of Wayne Allard)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: ROLE OF MORTGAGE INSURANCE IN HOMEOWNERSHIP EXPANSION
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,639.20
source

Traveler: Amy Porter (from the office of Edward Royce)
Destination:
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONFERENCE ON PRIVATE MORTGAGE INSURANCE
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,166.20
source

Traveler: Catherine Wojtasik (from the office of James Maloney)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW THE MORTGAGE INSURANCE INDUSTRY EXPANDS HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,388.20
source

Traveler: Sarah Dumont (from the office of Bob Barr)
Destination:
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THE MORTGAGE INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,284.70
source

Traveler: Richard Baker (from the office of Richard Baker)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: MEETING/SEMINAR
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,771.00
source

Traveler: Martin Mcguinness (from the office of Pete Sessions)
Destination: PMI MORTGAGE INSURANCE CO
Purpose: DISCUSS HOMEOWNERSHIP ISSUES
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,302.00
source

Traveler: J Bradley Jansen (from the office of Ron Paul)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO - CINCINNATI
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT MORTGAGE LOAN BUSINESS
Date: May 14, 2000 (11 days)
Expense: $1,868.20
source

Traveler: Clinton Jones (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,064.76
source

Traveler: Alfred Garesche (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FORUM
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,290.26
source

Traveler: Matthew Kirk (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: MIAMI, FLA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS WITH INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $835.00
source

Traveler: Geoffrey Gray (from the office of Phil Gramm)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,047.00
source

Traveler: Shana Jones (from the office of Bob Riley)
Destination: MEETING WITH MORTGAGE INSURANCE COS. REPRESENTATIVE
Purpose: EDUCATION MEETING
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,238.56
source

Traveler: Leah Braesch (from the office of Paul Ryan)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: EDUCATION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,567.55
source

Traveler: Warren Tryon (from the office of Spencer Bachus)
Destination:
Purpose: MORTGAGE INSURANCE DISCUSSION CONFERENCE ON HOUSING ISSUES
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,185.33
source

Traveler: J Patrick Cave (from the office of Richard Baker)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $585.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Ubelhart (from the office of Vito Fossella)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING; HOUSING ISSUES
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,298.62
source

Traveler: Tom Mccrocklin (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT MORTGAGE INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,243.62
source

Traveler: Brant Imperatore (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: MIAMI, FLA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,341.62
source

Traveler: Greg Mesack (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ISSUES FACING THE MORTGAGE AND HOUSING INDUSTRIES
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,245.62
source

Traveler: Alfred Garesche (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Purpose: FACT FINDING / ISSUES BRIEFING
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,191.00
source

Traveler: Mark Calabria (from the office of Phil Gramm)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Purpose: PRESENT LEGISLATIVE OUTLOOK FOR HOUSING ISSUES IN 2002
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,800.00
source

Traveler: Brendan Reilly (from the office of Michael Ferguson)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING/ISSUES BRIEFING
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,523.00
source

Traveler: Dana Gresham (from the office of Robert Cramer)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Purpose: FACT FINDING / ISSUES BRIEFING
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,637.00
source

Traveler: Warren Tryon (from the office of Spencer Bachus)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Purpose: ISSUES BRIEFING
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,508.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Casey (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Purpose: ISSUES BRIEFING FOR FINANCIAL SERVICE STAFF ON MORTGAGE INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,185.00
source

Traveler: John Versaggi (from the office of Richard Burr)
Destination: CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, BRIEFINGS
Purpose: FACT FINDING/ISSUES BRIEFING
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,100.00
source

Traveler: Greg Mesack (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,115.00
source

Traveler: Jodi Peters (from the office of Conrad Burns)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO MEET STAFF AND CORPORATE REPRESENTATIVES IN THE COMMERCE AND BANKING INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,433.00
source

Traveler: Sean Conway (from the office of Wayne Allard)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: SEMINAR
Date: Apr 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,224.00
source

Traveler: Becky Fast (from the office of Dennis Moore)
Destination: SAN DIEGO APRIL 14-16
Purpose: HOUSING BRIEFING
Date: Apr 13, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,146.00
source

Traveler: Phoebe Riner (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR ON MORTGAGE INSURANCE COMPANIES OF AMERICA
Date: Apr 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,582.25
source

Traveler: Katherine Tromble (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: MEET WITH LEADERS OF MORTGAGE INSURANCE INDUSTRY FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY TO DISCUSS ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE INDUSTRY AND HOUSING POLICY GENERALLY
Date: Apr 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,540.00
source

Traveler: C Scott Canady (from the office of Richard Baker)
Destination:
Purpose: AFFORDABLE HOUSING, MORTGAGE INSURANCE, MORTGAGE FINANCING
Date: Apr 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,297.00
source

Traveler: Greg Mesack (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,430.00
source

Traveler: Alfred Garesche (from the office of Elizabeth Dole)
Destination: San Diego, CA
Purpose: Educational
Date: Apr 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,572.00
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