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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

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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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Office of

Ernest Hollings


Total cost of 45 office trips: $106,083.43


Trips by Ernest Hollings
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $10,477.56

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: LEADERSHIP ROUND TABLE, AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 22, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $1,808.59
source

Destination: HILTON HEAD, SC
Sponsor: MCI (formerly WorldCom Inc)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $575.00
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK
Sponsor: Commonwealth North
Purpose: OFFICIAL NAMING OF TED STEVENS ANCHORAGE INT'L. AIRPORT
Date: Jul 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,040.00
source

Destination: HILTON HEAD, SC
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 4, 2000
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: BOULDER, COLORADO
Sponsor: University of Colorado
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,616.36
source

Destination: MONTREAL, CANADA
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,589.61
source

Destination: BOULDER, COLORADO
Sponsor: University of Colorado
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $798.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO GREENVILLE, SC (SELF AND SPOUSE)
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 30, 2003
Expense: $800.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ernest Hollings

Ashley Cooper
Bridget Ferriss
Amy Fraenkel
Alford Haselden
Dabney Hegg
Joab Lesesne
Chan Lieu
Brian Nagle
Julian Norment
Aisha Pearson
Danielle Renart
Toby Short
Sam Whitehorn



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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    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