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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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    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.
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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*

Ryan Weston


Total cost of 34 trips: $47,565.56


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY IN BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: LSU Foundation
Purpose: TO TOUR LSU RESEARCH FACILITIES, AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR FEDERALLY-FUNDED PROJECTS
Date: Nov 11, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $660.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: NASD/AMEX
Purpose: TOUR NASDAQ & AMERICAN STOCK EXCHANGES
Date: Dec 3, 1999
Expense: $282.00
source

Destination: AUSTIN & LUBBACK, TEXAS
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: EDUCATION-ATTEND BRIEFINGS, MEETINGS, AND TOUR
Date: Dec 9, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $1,447.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX AZ
Sponsor: United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND DISCUSS CROP INSURANCE
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,369.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE NC
Sponsor: Derivatives Net Inc
Purpose: TOUR ELECTRONIC EXCHANGE SYSTEM
Date: Mar 10, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,448.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON FL
Sponsor: US Futures Exchanges
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL FUTURES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NC; ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI; MEMPHIS, TN
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: COTTON & BIOTECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,068.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO IL
Sponsor: Council of State Governments
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH TO AG TASK FORCE
Date: Jul 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $791.00
source

Destination: STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 5, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,848.14
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Columbia Resource Group
Purpose: TOUR BOEIHY, MICROSOFT, WASHINGTON MUTUAL, IMMUNEX
Date: Aug 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,144.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: AMERICAN SOYBEAN INDUSTRY COUNCIL (ASIC)
Purpose: SPEAK AT ASIC MEETING
Date: Aug 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $831.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: TOUR NASDAG
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $600.05
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY AND TRUMBULL, CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF NASDAQ
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $840.24
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: Jan 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,460.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON FLORIDA
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & MERCANTILE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSN AND NEW YORK MERCANTILE
Purpose: ATTEND FIA CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,700.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON TX
Sponsor: Enron Corporation
Purpose: TOUR ENRON
Date: Apr 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,240.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEAK TO ABA AG EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Date: Aug 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $788.00
source

Destination: SAN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: ATTEND ASA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Aug 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $941.98
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT NCBA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $820.00
source

Destination: ASHEVILLE & RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: ATTEND THE NORTH CAROLINA AG TOUR
Date: Aug 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, COLORADO
Sponsor: Monsanto Co
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE MONSANTO AG ADVISORY GROMARS GROUP
Date: Aug 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,039.49
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: TOUR BIOTECHNOLOGY BUSINESSES & RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,331.50
source

Destination: PALM BEACH
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: ATTEND ABA'S NAT'L AG BANKERS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,228.76
source

Destination: ORLANDO FLORIDA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: ATTEND CRAP LIBE ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $950.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON
Sponsor: Futures Industry Association
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,180.00
source

Destination: TOUR SHENANDOAH VALLEY AGRI, GROWERS MOUNTAIN
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: TOUR VIRGINIA AG SITES
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $309.00
source

Destination: MCALLEN, TX
Sponsor: EOP Group
Purpose: PESTICIDE MEETING
Date: Sep 8, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,244.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL CROP LIFE MEETING
Date: Sep 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,551.00
source

Destination: DELHI, KOLKATA & CHENNAI, INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: FACT FINDING FOR INDIAN AG, MILITARY, ECONOMIC TSUNAMI RELIEF
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,368.00
source

Destination: DENVER CO
Sponsor: SATELLITE BROADCASTING COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATIONS, ECHO STAR COMM, STARZ EXCORE, NAT'L RURAL TELECOM COOP
Purpose: TOUR SATELLITE AND RURAL BROADBAND COMPANIES
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,192.00
source

Destination: DENVER CO
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS
Purpose: SPEAK AT NAWG ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $842.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Frank Lucas

Destination: TAIPEI
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 18, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,330.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU HI
Sponsor: Ag Biotech Planning Committee
Purpose: TOUR BIOTECH RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,221.40
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ryan Weston.


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