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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

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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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    "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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Frederick Downey


Total cost of 9 trips: $15,311.05


Trips traveled under the office of Joseph Lieberman

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $231.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: Alfred P Sloan Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT 2001 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,001.80
source

Destination: AERLIE HOUSE, WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND THE DLC SENATE STAFF RETREAT OF DISCUSS UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $341.10
source

Destination: LATVIA, ROMANIA, BULGARIA
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: ADDRESS ISSUES RELATING TO NATO ENLARGEMENT AND ACCESS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THESE CANDIDATES
Date: May 25, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,924.80
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DLC 2004 LEGISLATIVE ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $353.73
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A WORKSHOP ON MISSILE DEFENSE CONDUCTED BY THE POTOMAC FOUNDATION, THE INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSIS, AND THE FRENCH FORUM OF THE FUTURE
Date: Apr 2, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,761.22
source

Destination: IRAQ
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING-TO OBSERVE US CIVIL AND MILITARY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,084.70
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A MULTINATIONAL CONFERENCES ON TRANS ATLANTIC RELATIONS
Date: Nov 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,622.12
source

Destination: WARSAW POLAND
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A ROUNDTABLE ON NETWORK CENTERS WARFARE
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,990.58
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Frederick Downey.


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