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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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Trips by*

Charles Barnett


Total cost of 14 trips: $23,700.41


Trips traveled under the office of Blanche Lincoln

Destination: SAVANNAH, FA
Sponsor: American Forest & Paper Association
Purpose: FORESTRY TOUR
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $957.90
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: National Mining Association
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL MINING TOUR
Date: Jul 2, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $3,203.85
source

Destination: JAPAN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR OF JAPANESE NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $7,530.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Shell Oil Co
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,801.54
source

Destination: MEMPHIS, TN
Sponsor: Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: STAFF FAMILIARITY TOUR
Date: Aug 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,330.45
source

Destination: AIRLIE CONFERENCE CENTER
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $297.48
source

Destination: FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT'S TURKEY POINT NUCLEAR POWER STATION
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF NUCLEAR SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,736.76
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: SOLID WASTE ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA
Purpose: TO SPEAK BEFORE THE SOLID WASTE ASSOCIATION OF N. AMERICA'S LANDFILL GAS SYMPOSIUM
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $939.26
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION'S 2002 PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING FORUM
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,330.00
source

Destination: KALISPELL, MT
Sponsor: American Forest Resource Council
Purpose: FORESTRY TOUR
Date: Aug 20, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $969.50
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT TO DISCUSS UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FOR 2003
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $318.73
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL
Sponsor: SOLID WASTE ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA
Purpose: TO SPEAK BEFORE THE SOLID WASTE ASSOCIATION OF N. AMERICA'S LANDFILL WAS SYMPOSIUM
Date: Mar 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $607.37
source

Destination: LAKEVIEW, ARKANSAS
Sponsor: Southwestern Power Resources Association
Purpose: TOUR OF HYDROELECTRIC FACILITY
Date: May 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,493.50
source

Destination: GILLETTE, WYOMING
Sponsor: Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc
Purpose: TOUR OF A COAL MINE
Date: Jul 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,184.07
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Charles Barnett.


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