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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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Back to The Data

Trips by*

Jonathan Katz


Total cost of 10 trips: $40,400.29


Trips traveled under the office of Robert Wexler

Destination: INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: FACT FINDING/CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Jan 7, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $6,273.86
source

Destination: TURKEY
Sponsor: American-Turkish Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING/CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Jul 2, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,813.00
source

Destination: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: ITKIB Association USA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP-CAUCUS ON US-TURKISH RELATIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $5,233.50
source

Destination: NY/KUWAIT
Sponsor: Kuwait
Purpose:
Date: May 25, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,314.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,620.00
source

Destination: U.N. NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $547.22
source

Destination: WASH DC-TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $4,050.00
source

Destination: VIENNA-BELGRADE-MUNICH
Sponsor: Serbian-American Center
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,284.88
source

Destination: ISTANBUL AND ANKARA, TURKEY AND NORTHERN CYPRUS
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO LEARN OF CURRENT STATE OF US-TURKISH RELATIONS, TO MEET WITH TURKISH PARLIAMENTARIANS TO DISCUSS AREAS OF MUTUAL CONCERN: WAR ON TERROR, MIDEAST, AND CYPRUS
Date: May 28, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $4,013.83
source

Destination: BEIJING, CHINA-NANJING, SHANGHAI, CHINA
Sponsor: CASI FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN & CHINA CONTACT FRIENDLY ASSOC.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $4,250.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jonathan Katz.


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