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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

    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

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    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*

Andrew Vermilye


Total cost of 23 trips: $50,329.00


Trips traveled under the office of John Breaux

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: University of New Orleans
Purpose: EDUCATION / FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $590.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 27, 2000
Expense: $425.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED SENATOR BREAUX WHO GAVE A SPEECH
Date: May 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,477.00
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND A CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CAL
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,897.00
source

Destination: BRAZIL
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: MEET WITH BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND U.S. BUSINESSMAN RE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
Date: May 27, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $8,042.00
source

Destination: MONTREAL, CANADA
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: ATTEND AVIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,201.00
source

Destination: MONTANA & WASHINGTON
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: STAFF TRIP
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,225.00
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: Resource Development Council for Alaska Inc
Purpose: VISIT RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT FACILITIES
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $3,295.00
source

Destination: HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,839.00
source

Destination: AIRLIE CONFERENCE CENTER, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $180.00
source

Destination: BRISTOL, CONN
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: VISIT FACILITIES & MEET EXECUTIVES
Date: Jan 25, 2002
Expense: $559.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: ATTEND A CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,769.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND CONVENTION
Date: May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,478.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,410.00
source

Destination: IRELAND
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: DISCUSS INTERNATIONAL TRADE ISSUES
Date: Aug 27, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $4,642.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,294.00
source

Destination: AUSTRALIA
Sponsor: Government of Australia
Purpose: TRADE DELEGATION
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (13 days)
Expense: $4,500.00
source

Destination: TURNBERRY, FLA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,125.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND CONVENTION
Date: Jun 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,582.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: ATTEND SEMINAR
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $572.00
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND A CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,915.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: MEET WITH INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 24, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,062.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Andrew Vermilye.


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