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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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Office of

Bobby Rush


Total cost of 25 office trips: $92,401.92


Trips by Bobby Rush
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $56,140.52

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $6,665.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CABLE AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY
Date: May 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,476.03
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL LEADERS IN TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,507.72
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $6,422.00
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,812.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD COLUMBIA
Date: Nov 21, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,496.96
source

Destination: GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,852.00
source

Destination: LUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,258.60
source

Destination: DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: THREE DAY FACT FINDING MEETING
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,620.40
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,029.81
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bobby Rush

Nkosi Bradley
Christian Fjeld
William Marshall
Naomi Myers
Kimberly Parker
Yardly Pollas-Kimble



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