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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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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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    "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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Dan Archer


Total cost of 9 trips: $17,812.73


Trips traveled under the office of Chuck Hagel

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: ABA ANNUAL CONFERENCE-ADDRESSING MEMBERS ON SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,673.50
source

Destination: GREENBRIAR RESORT, WEST SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V.
Sponsor: Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
Purpose: ANNUAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON INSURANCE INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: May 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: HAVANNA, CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO EXPLORE OPENING TRADE WITH CUBA
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,258.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: ATTEND THEIR NATIONAL CONVENTION; PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,180.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Instinet Corporation
Purpose: STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Oct 5, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $754.28
source

Destination: FRANCE & BRITAIN
Sponsor: European Institute
Purpose: STAFF FACT FINDING TRIP ON US-TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,175.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Bear Stearns & Co
Purpose: BRIEFING ON NY SE
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: BEIRUT, LEBANON AND SYRIA
Sponsor: American Task Force for Lebanon
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP - MEETING WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: May 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,812.36
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Visa USA Inc
Purpose: BRIEFINGS AT VISA HEADQUARTERS, CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Aug 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,459.59
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Dan Archer.


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