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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

    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

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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.
  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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Trips by*

Ari Strauss


Total cost of 16 trips: $21,917.98


Trips traveled under the office of Tim Holden

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Purpa Reform Group
Purpose: EDUCATION ON PURPA REFORM
Date: Jan 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $542.36
source

Destination: PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, STATE COLLEGE, PA
Sponsor: Eastern Meat Packers Association
Purpose: I WAS A SPEAKER AT THEIR CONVENTION
Date: Sep 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $110.34
source

Destination: TAIWAN (W/ LAYOVER IN LA ON 2/3 & 2/4)
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 26, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $3,950.00
source

Destination: EUGENE OREGON
Sponsor: American Forest Resource Council
Purpose: EDUCATION ON FORESTRY ISSUES
Date: May 30, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,895.20
source

Destination: SANTA FE NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ISSUES
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: UNITED KINGDOM
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO VISIT BRITISH NUCLEAR FACILITIES
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $2,899.46
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, PIER 88
Sponsor: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL OVERVIEW & OVERSIGHT OF CRUISE LINES
Date: Nov 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $287.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: SEMINAR ON AVIATION SAFETY & SECURITY POST 9/11
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,089.00
source

Destination: NEWARK AIRPORT TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: CELI 5TH ANNUAL AVIATION ISSUES EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,339.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY - BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: AKRIDGE-LEUCADIA
Purpose: TOUR PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF AIR RIGHTS OVER TRACKS AT UNION STATION, WASHINGTON DC, VIEW SUCCESSFUL REHAB OF GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL, NYC, REVIEW PLANS FOR NE PENN STATION, NYC, INSPECT SOUTH STATION, BOSTON AS A MODEL OF SUCCESSFUL INTERMODAL EXPANSION O
Date: Jun 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,593.60
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CELI'S SIXTH ANNUAL AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,180.00
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: ATTEND THE AVIATION SAFETY ALIANCE CONFERENCE, "LEARNING FROM DISASTER: AN INSIDE LOOK AT AVIATION ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION AND ITS LINKS TO IMPROVE SAFETY."
Date: Feb 19, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,272.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Airbus
Purpose: FACT FINDING VISIT TO AIRBUS NORTH AMERICA FLIGHT TRAINING CENTER-LEARNED ABOUT FLIGHT TRAINING CURRICULUM AND SECURITY MEASURES TAKEN TO PREVENT POTENTIAL TERRORISTS FROM RECEIVING FLIGHT TRAINING.
Date: Mar 14, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,161.29
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Ascension Health
Purpose: TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FIRSTHAND THE HEALTHCARE SAFETY NET FOR LOW-INCOME AND UNINSURE FAMILIES
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,160.24
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS AND NATIONAL STONE, SAND & GRAVEL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: ATTEND THE CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2005 TRADE SHOW
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,300.01
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Marrow Donor Program
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM'S CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CORD BLOOD BANK AND TRANSPLANT CENTER SITE VISIT
Date: Jul 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $738.48
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ari Strauss.


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