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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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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*

Tim Reif


Total cost of 17 trips: $30,812.74


Trips traveled under the office of Charles Rangel

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose:
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,505.51
source

Destination: COPE COD, MASS (CHATHAM)
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONG. LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,330.50
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDINGS & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: US Cuba Trade and Economic Council
Purpose: SPEAK AT FORUM ON U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS
Date: Oct 10, 2000
Expense: $503.65
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT WIMA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $755.15
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: ADDRESS CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE TRADE ISSUES
Date: Dec 31, 2000
Expense: $844.51
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: ATTEND & SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON BILATERAL & MULTILATERAL TRADE ISSUES
Date: Mar 16, 2001
Expense: $476.50
source

Destination: HANOI & HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Sponsor: US-Vietnam Trade Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL EXCHANGE & GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT MEETINGS
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $799.00
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Sponsor: Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL EXCHANGE & GOVERNMENT-GOVERNMENT MTGS.
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $570.00
source

Destination: HONGKONG
Sponsor: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $8,584.96
source

Destination: PHNOM PENH, SIEM REAP
Sponsor: Cambodia Development Resource Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & INFORMATION GATHERING
Date: Jan 13, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $841.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM-GENEVA, SWITZERLAND-PERSONAL TRAVEL IN FRANCE AND ITALY
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING AS TO TRADE & HEALTHCARE ISSUES RELATED TO MEDICAL DEVICES, INTERNATIONAL TRADE RULES AND STANDARDS
Date: Aug 16, 2003 (18 days)
Expense: $4,562.62
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Vanderbilt University
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $967.70
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: American Bar Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $307.50
source

Destination: CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON WTO TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.08
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: SPEAK AT TRADE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $673.60
source

Destination: MILAN/ITALY-GENEVA/SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: INTER-UNIVERSITY CENTRE ON INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORGANISATIONS (CIDOIE) OF THE UNIVERSITIES OF EASTERN PIEDMONT, TURIN, GENOA, MILAN-STATE & MILAN-BOCCONI
Purpose: SPEAK TO CONFERENCE OF WTO APGDLATE BODY: MEETINGS IN GENEVA WITH WTO OFFICIALS, FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 10, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,090.46
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Tim Reif.


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