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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

Trips by*

Linda Forbes


Total cost of 13 trips: $19,488.03


Trips traveled under the office of Evan Bayh

Destination: KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: TO ATTEND DLC RETREAT EXPENSES ARE DETAILED ON ATTACHED SHEET
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,452.73
source

Destination: HARRISBURG, PA AND COLUMBUS, OH
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: STAFF THE SENATOR AS HE VISITS STATE LEGISLATORS IN HIS ROLE AS DLC CHAIR
Date: Jun 18, 2001
Expense: $2,125.00
source

Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE DLC NATIONAL CONVERSATION
Date: Jul 14, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $838.87
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: TO SUPPORT SEN. BAYH AT DLC EVENTS
Date: Oct 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $424.56
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,906.40
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: LINDA MOORE FORBES TRAVELED TO NEW YORK TO ATTEND THE DLC'S PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY PROJECT RETREAT
Date: Dec 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $425.00
source

Destination: AIRLIE CENTER OF WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: LINDA MOORE FORBES TRAVELED TO WARRENTON, VIRGINIA TO ATTEND THE DLC'S 2003 CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2003
Expense: $120.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM; GENEVA, SWITZERLAND; LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING VISITS TO MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING FACILITIES OF US COMPANIES
Date: Aug 16, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $4,815.58
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL POLICY RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,279.63
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: STAFF SENATOR BAYH FOR DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING
Date: Dec 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $291.75
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL'S SENATE CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,547.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: STAFF SENATOR EVAN BAYH FOR DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL'S ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,034.18
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL'S SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,227.33
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Linda Forbes.


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