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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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  • 08.27.15

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    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.
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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

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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Kathryn Lehman


Total cost of 45 trips: $70,227.76


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Delay

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW.
Date: Jan 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,037.00
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $504.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING SECURITIES INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,841.50
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT TELECOMMUNICATIONS & CELLULAR ISSUES BEFORE THE CONGRESS
Date: May 12, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $949.65
source

Destination: WASH. D.C. TO LEESBURG, VA. - RETURN TO MCLEAN, VA. (HOME)
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY OPTIONS ON LEGISLATION REGARDING ON LINE PRIVACY.
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $472.12
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: ATTEND U.S.TA. ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXHIBITION IN MIAMI, FLA.
Date: Sep 29, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,941.30
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY-FLORENCE-ROME
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: ATTEND TRANSATLANTIC EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $3,035.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: ATTEND CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT ON MARKET FORCES INFLUENCE ON PUBLIC POLICY
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $417.00
source

Destination: KINGSMILL RESORT - WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $589.00
source

Destination: LAKE PLACID, N.Y.
Sponsor: US Olympic Committee
Purpose: EVALUATE USE OF APPROPRIATIONS FUNDS TO SUPPORT ECON. DEVEL. REBUILDING OF INFRASTRUCTURE OF OLYMPIC FACILITIES
Date: Feb 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $118.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON TELECOM ISSUES FACING CONGRESS.
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,919.50
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: ATTEND LEADERSHIP MEETINGS ON TELECOM INDUSTRY ISSUES.
Date: Feb 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,665.60
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $886.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: Reliant Energy Inc
Purpose: TOUR ELECTRICITY FACILITY AND ATTEND BRIEFING ON ELECTRICITY GENERATION
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,763.20
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON SECURITIES ISSUES FACING CONGRESS.
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,349.50
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose:
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $780.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLA
Sponsor: International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT NEED FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS RIDE SAFETY
Date: May 31, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $961.11
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING COUNTRY MUSIC LABELS
Date: Jun 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $880.00
source

Destination: LONDON TO EDINBURG
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 9, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $3,022.93
source

Destination: WASH DC
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT SEMINAR ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES INVOLVING TAXES; ENERGY; MANUFACTURING
Date: Nov 29, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,438.00
source

Destination: WASH. DC TO ST. MICHAELS
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ATTEND HOUSE REPUBLICAN ELECTED LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $190.00
source

Destination: WASH. DC. TO WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ATTEND MEMBERS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS HOUSE REPUBLICAN AGENDA
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $785.00
source

Destination: WASH. DC TO CORONADO, CAL.
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: ATTEND MEETING ON TELECOM ISSUES FACING CONGRESS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,578.45
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS SUCH AS SPECTRUM, FEDERAL MANDATER AND WIRELESS
Date: May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $817.20
source

Destination: WASH DC TO HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
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

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO HOUSTON, TEXAS, ATLANTA GEORGIA
Sponsor: Reliant Energy Inc
Purpose: GET BRIEFING ON ENERGY PRODUCTION, STATE OF ENERGY INDUSTRY & LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AFFECTING SAME
Date: May 27, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $693.50
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE COUNTRY MUSIC INDUSTRY & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AFFECTING IT
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,097.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Deborah Pryce

Destination: ST. MICHAELS
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ELECTED LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: MEMBER RETREAT
Date: Feb 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $859.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL TO AMELIA, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: ATTEND MEETING TO DISCUSS ISSUES AFFECTING TELECOMM INDUSTRY INCLUDING FCC UNE-D DECISION & BROAD BAND DEPLOYMENT & TO VIEW FACILITIES
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $1,860.50
source

Destination: WASH. DC-NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ATTEND LEGISLATIVE UPDATE MEETINGS AND ANNUAL EXHIBITION ON WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTS
Date: Mar 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,955.99
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose:
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,557.11
source

Destination: LONDON
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TO ATTEND TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE W/ DISCUSSIONS ON BRITISH POLITICAL SCENE, RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN U.S. & GREAT BRITAIN, WAR IN IRAQ, TRADE, NATIONAL SECURITY AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $10,038.24
source

Destination: THE HOMESTEAD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAM CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 22, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,792.00
source

Destination: SYRACUSE, NY
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: LEARN THE LATEST STRATEGIES & TECHNOLOGIES IN BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORTATION
Date: Oct 31, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,107.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $900.19
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: "CONGRESS OF TOMORROW 2004" BICAM REP. RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX AZ-SAN FRANCISCO-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CUTTING EDGE ISSUES AFFECTING THE IT INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,274.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FACING THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,642.19
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING ON REGULATORY ISSUES CONFRONTING THE TELECOM
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,902.88
source

Destination: HOMESTEAD
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY - POSSIBLE ISSUES IF CONGRESS REOPENS THE 1996 TELECOM ACT
Date: Jun 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $890.90
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: WASH. D.C.-WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.VA.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: TO ATTEND BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,076.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
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* - Trips by all travelers named Kathryn Lehman.


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