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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Richard Burr


Total cost of 32 office trips: $76,965.34


Trips by Richard Burr
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $45,871.40

Destination: WILMINGTON, NC
Sponsor: Corning Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING AND TOUR
Date: Jan 5, 2000
Expense: $828.50
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL VIA JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Outdoor Power Equipment Distributors Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND COMMERCE ISSUES
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,153.96
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, NV
Sponsor: UNIVERSAL CORPORATIONS, TOBACCO ASSO. OF US, LED TOBACCO EXPORTERS ASSO
Purpose: ADDRESS TO TOBACCO ASSO. AND ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE
Date: May 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,934.12
source

Destination: MARSEILLES, FRANCE & PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR FRENCH NUCLEAR ENERGY FACILITIES
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $18,413.80
source

Destination: WINSTON-SALEM, NC TO AUGUSTA, GA
Sponsor: Corning Inc
Purpose: PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,469.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,414.72
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN & SEVILLE, SPAIN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING; TOUR OF EUROPEAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $16,907.30
source

Destination: RULEISH, NC
Sponsor: TOBACCO GRONERS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH CAROLINA, INC.
Purpose: SPEAK TO ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 7, 2003
Expense: $750.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Richard Burr

Alicia Clark
Jennifer Hansen
Peter Hars
Amelia Meli
Kimrey Rhinehardt
Brian Vanderbloemen
John Versaggi



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