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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Kerry Mckenney


Total cost of 16 trips: $27,579.68


Trips traveled under the office of Donald Payne

Destination: ATHENS, GREECE
Sponsor: CENTER OF EUROPEAN STUDIES & HUMANITIES
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE-"THE RESTITUTION OF THE PARTHENON MARBLES
Date: May 21, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,760.00
source

Destination: CLEWISTON AND BELLE GLADE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: FLORIDA SUGAR CANE LEAGUE & SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE OF FLORIDA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT THE CULTIVATION, HARVESTING, PROCESSING, REFINING AND MARKETING OF SUGARCANE
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $829.00
source

Destination: DOMINICA - ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Sponsor: Ross University
Purpose: MEET WITH FACULTY AND STUDENTS, TOUR CAMPUS & PARTICIPATE IN BRIEFINGS
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,723.53
source

Destination: AVIATION-RELATED MEETINGS & TOURS
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: TO DISCUSS SAFETY, EFFICIENCY AND OTHER AVIATION ISSUES
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,409.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: TO ATTEND MEETINGS & BRIEFINGS ON ECONOMIC AND SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Mar 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,372.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Purpose: TO ATTEND AN ECONOMIC SEMINAR
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,617.90
source

Destination: D.C. TO VERNON, NJ
Sponsor: Sierra Club
Purpose: TO VIEW THE HIGH LANDS AREA, AND RECEIVE BRIEFINGS, PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS
Date: May 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $390.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose:
Date: Jul 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,180.00
source

Destination: ST. LUCIA ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN COUNCIL'S 2004 DELEGATION TO ST. LUCIA & ANTIGUA
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,831.50
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,248.00
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT, HEADS OF STATE AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CARIBBEAN NATIONS
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $4,982.69
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE (CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT)
Date: Feb 4, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $671.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: All Kinds of Minds
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF EDUCATIONAL ISSUES AND ON-SITE PROGRAM VISIT
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $560.10
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: CARIBBEAN CAUCUS STAFF RETREAT
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,890.31
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN SEMINARS AND DISCUSSIONS OF ISSUES RELATED TO THE ECONOMY, TAXES AND TRADE
Date: Apr 28, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,607.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN ORDER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT U.S. PRIORITIES, HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE, PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, AND U.N. MANAGEMENT
Date: Jun 16, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $507.65
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kerry Mckenney.


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