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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

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Back to The Data

Office of

Julia Carson


Total cost of 33 office trips: $58,534.75


Trips by Julia Carson
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $23,672.79

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,570.00
source

Destination: BOTSWANA
Sponsor: Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry & Manpower
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $10,110.69
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $513.41
source

Destination:
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: WOMEN'S CAUCUS ISSUES VISIT TO THE NYSE
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $733.76
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $585.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,807.10
source

Destination: MIAMI-ST. THOMAS-INDIANAPOLIS
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: MENTAL HEALTH ROUNDTABLE
Date: Apr 5, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,450.52
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - CHICAGO - INDIANAPOLIS
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT - TO PROMOTE MINORITY HEALTH
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $685.31
source

Destination: TUNICA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION ISSUES OF CONCERNS TO AFRICAN AMERICANS
Date: Aug 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $217.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Julia Carson

Richard Allen
Melody Barber
Marti Doneghy
Adairius Gardner
Chris Goldfarb
Erin Kraabel
Teri Morgan
Deron Roberson
Susan Role
Stephen Visher
Michael Wallace



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