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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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    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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  • 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*

Kevin Fromer


Total cost of 24 trips: $38,536.26


Trips traveled under the office of J. Dennis Hastert

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY RETREAT
Date: May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $827.90
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (GREENBRIER)
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose:
Date: Feb 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,094.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-HOT SPRINGS, VA-ALEXANDRIA, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: POLICY RETREAT
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $836.42
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR-SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: HIGH-TECH FACILITY TOUR AND BRIEFINGS
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,063.00
source

Destination: LONDON
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TRANS ATLANTIC ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,994.10
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE-SENATE RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $784.00
source

Destination: KETCHUM, ID
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,130.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,153.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: WIRELESS INDUSTRY POLICY RETREAT
Date: Jun 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $791.20
source

Destination: KAUAI, HI-SAN FRANCISCO, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY ISSUES MEETING AND FACILITIES TOUR
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,766.00
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $364.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $636.00
source

Destination: LONG BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: RECORDING ARTS INDUSTRY ISSUES MEETINGS AND AWARDS CEREMONY
Date: Feb 11, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,218.90
source


Trips traveled under the office of Harold Rogers

Destination: MOROCCO
Sponsor: US-Morocco Affairs Council
Purpose: REVIEW US MOROCCO POLITICAL, ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,706.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: A A/CHIEF OF STUFF RETREAT ON ECONOMICS, TRADE, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, ANTITRUST
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $421.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: SPEAKER AT WIRELESS INDUSTRY CONVENTION
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,208.50
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS)
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATING AND LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: May 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,021.27
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WORLD RADIO CONFERENCE ON SPECTRUM USE
Date: May 26, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $7,368.82
source

Destination: HILTON HEAD, SC
Sponsor: Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS)
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES CONFERENCE PANEL REMARKS
Date: Dec 2, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,070.16
source

Destination: MAUI, HI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: DELIVER REMARKS AT AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,821.00
source

Destination: HOTSPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $831.12
source

Destination: MONTREAL
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION EDUCATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,409.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA-KONA, HI-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $4,395.47
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $624.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kevin Fromer.


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