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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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Back to The Data

Trips by*

Derek Harley


Total cost of 9 trips: $13,909.55


Trips traveled under the office of Wally Herger

Destination:
Sponsor: Southern California Public Power Authority
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR
Date: May 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,609.04
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS -- THIBODAUX, LA
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: FACT-FINDING RE: THE LOUISIANA SUGAR CANE INDUSTRY IN PARTICULAR, AND THE SUGAR INDUSTRY IN GENERAL; INCLUDED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TOUR OF CANE FIELDS AND CUTTING OPERATION; TOUR OF PROCESSING FACILITY; DISCUSSION(S) OF INDUSTRY-WIDE CONCERNS, INCLUDING B
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $860.50
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA TO WENATCHEE, NA
Sponsor: Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL RE: PUBLIC POWER AND WATER
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,639.89
source

Destination: SAN FRAN TO FRESNO, CA TO BIG CREEK, CA
Sponsor: Southern California Edison
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP AND TOUR OF SCE'S BIG CREEK HYDRO FACILITY AND NEIGHBORING LANDS (E.G. FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE)
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,501.05
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: BI-CAMERAL, BI-PARTISAN FACT-FINDING TRIP (INCLUDED MEETINGS, PRESENTATIONS AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS, HOMELAND SECURITY, MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY, TORT REFORM AND OTHER ISSUES PENDING BEFORD CONGRESS)
Date: Feb 4, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $616.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO DANA POINT, CA (VDA LOS ANGELES/LA)
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP RE: MEDICAL DEVICE ISSUES
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,346.81
source

Destination: FLORIDA KEYS
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP AND TOUR OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY AND OTHER CHALLENGES FACING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES IN FLORIDA AND NATIONALLY
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,850.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: DaVita Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP RE: DIALYSIS AND RELATED FEDERAL ISSUES (INCLUDED TOUR OF TREATMENT FACILITY; MEETINGS WITH NEPHROLOGISTS AND PATIENTS; BRIEFINGS (RE: MEDICARE, OTHER ISSUES)
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,489.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP RE: AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTERS (ASC)-INCLUDED TOUR OF 2 ASCS-BRIEFINGS FROM FASA MEMBERS/STAFF; ATTENDED SEVERAL SESSIONS OF FASA ANNUAL MTG
Date: May 5, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,997.26
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Derek Harley.


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