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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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Trips by*

Stephen Bailey


Total cost of 11 trips: $35,188.54


Trips traveled under the office of Kent Conrad

Destination: IRELAND, BELGIUM, ITALY
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: 2001 EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL TAX ROUNDTABLE
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,260.00
source

Destination: CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,111.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Academy of Actuaries
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS WITH INSURANCE INDUSTRY LEADERS AND THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
Date: May 3, 2002
Expense: $415.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Association of Realtors
Purpose: PRESENTATION AT TAXATION COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
Date: Nov 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $781.64
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY GENEVA, SWITZERLAND LONDON, UK
Sponsor: TAX FOUNDATION AND ORGANIZATION FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT
Purpose: EUROPEAN TAX ROUNDTABLE
Date: May 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,233.00
source

Destination: NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, POLAND
Sponsor: TAX FOUNDATION, ORGANIZATION FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH EU TAX AND TRADE OFFICIALS AND VISITING US COMPANY FACILITIES IN EUROPE
Date: May 23, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,315.00
source

Destination: OMAHA, NEBRASKA
Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha Companies
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH MUTUAL OF OMAHA EXECUTIVES AND STAFF ON LIFE INSURANCE ISSUES
Date: Jun 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $712.09
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: Association for Manufacturing Technology
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT THE INDUSTRY'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE SHOW AND DISCUSSIONS WITH INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES OF THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT LEGISLATION AFFECTING TARIFFS, TAXES, AND IMMIGRATION
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $926.77
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Wall Street Tax Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL PRESENTING THE 2005 TAX LEGISLATIVE OUTLOOK TO AN AUDIENCE OF WALL STREET AND FINANCIAL SERVICES PROFESSIONALS
Date: Oct 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $625.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE SECURITIES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION 2005 GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TAX AND RETIREMENT ISSUES
Date: Apr 2, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,538.04
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Stephen Bailey.


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