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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

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Trips by*

Paul Unger


Total cost of 17 trips: $40,274.97


Trips traveled under the office of George Allen

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PENN
Sponsor: THIRD ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNET
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT INTERNET
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $615.73
source

Destination: ARMENIA
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $2,497.34
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS AT UN HEADQUARTERS
Date: May 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $370.00
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: DISCUSS PRIVACY, COPYRIGHT, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES AND VISIT TIMEWARNER FACILITIES
Date: Aug 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,262.00
source

Destination: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: ACCOMPANY SEN. ALLEN TO MEETING WITH TIDEWATER COMMUNITY
Date: Nov 27, 2001
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: PARIS FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF FRENCH NUCLEAR ENERGY FACILITIES
Date: Mar 31, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $3,784.00
source

Destination: BERLIN & MUNICH
Sponsor: Hanns Seidel Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND THE 17TH ANNUAL GERMAN-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOR STAFF AIDES
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,964.26
source

Destination: PALO ALTO, CALIF.
Sponsor: Business Software Alliance
Purpose: MEET WITH HIGH TECH COMPANIES TO DISCUSS ISSUES PENDING BEFORE THE SENATE
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF PEER-TO-PEER TECHNOLOGY & THE IMPORTANCE OF COPYRIGHT PROTECTION
Date: Apr 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,915.00
source

Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,596.70
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Airbus
Purpose: TOUR AIRBUS FACILITIES, MEET WITH AIRBUS EXECUTIVES REGARDING PENDING LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Jul 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,313.03
source

Destination: FRANCE AND ENGLAND
Sponsor: European Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT-FINDING TRIP ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN THE SERVICES AND AERONAUTICS SECTORS
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $7,125.00
source

Destination: MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: YAHOO! INC. AND EBAY INC.
Purpose: TOUR FACILITIES OF YAHOO AND EBAY, MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF YAHOO AND EBAY TO DISCUSS ISSUES AFFECTING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY IN THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,158.90
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF AOL AND TIME WARNER TO DISCUSS ISSUES PENDING BEFORE THE CONGRESS
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,318.89
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Sponsor: Atlantic Council of the United States
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON CURRENT TRANSATLANTIC SECURITY RELATIONS, INCLUDING THE FUTURE OF IRAQ, PEACEKEEPING AND RECONSTRUCTION IN AFGHANISTAN, EU RELATIONS WITH TURKEY, AND COOPERATION ON WAR ON TERRORISM
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,840.00
source

Destination: CHESAPEAKE, MD
Sponsor: Association for Competitive Technology
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A SUMMIT FOCUSING ON THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR. THE GOAL OF THE SUMMIT IS TO BRING DIVERSE VIEWS ON THE CURRENT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REGIME AND HOW IT CAN BE IMPROVED
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $399.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Gordon Smith

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM/FRANKFORT, GERMANY
Sponsor: GERMAN MARSHALL FUND/EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Purpose: EVOLVING ROLE OF EUROPEAN UNION IN FOREIGN POLICY
Date: Jan 8, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $2,511.92
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Paul Unger.


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