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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

George Voinovich


Total cost of 50 office trips: $83,652.78


Trips by George Voinovich
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $34,867.88

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,619.62
source

Destination: NAPE VALLEY CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Council of State Governments
Purpose: RECEIVING GUARDIAN OF FEDERALISM AWARD
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $842.24
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE RESORT, AVENTURA FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTHCARE SEMINAR
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,349.50
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: EEI ENERGY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $291.13
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE RESORT, AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTHCARE SEMINAR
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,541.95
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: MEETING REGARDING THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $623.41
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Everglades Coalition
Purpose: ATTENDED CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND OTHER ISSUES FACING THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES
Date: Jan 10, 2003
Expense: $190.61
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND SEMINARS, BRIEFINGS, ETC. ON HEALTHCARE ISSUES AND HOW TO SOLVE THE HEALTHCARE CRISIS
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (12 days)
Expense: $2,673.36
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: MEETINGS ON HEALTHCARE ISSUES
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,937.96
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $20,798.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of George Voinovich

Karen Bachman
Kathleen Braun
Joni Crosley
Michael Dovilla
David Gray
Joni Higgins
Ted Hollingsworth
Brian Mormino
Arie Newhouse
Amanda Nichols
Phil Park
Andrew Richardson
John Salamone
Rebecca Seidel
Tim Vandenberg
Catherine Walters
Michael Whatley
Andrew Wheeler



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

    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