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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*

Stephen Higginbothom


Total cost of 13 trips: $16,017.05


Trips traveled under the office of Thad Cochran

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: St Louis Agri-Business Club
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF ST. LOUIS AREA AGRI-BUSINESS INTERESTS.
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $640.69
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT CROP CONSULTANTS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT CROP CONSULTANTS ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $298.00
source

Destination: DUCK KEY, FL
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: EDUCATION TOUR OF RURAL ELECTRIC FACILITIES; FOCUSING ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS AND CHALLENGES FACING THE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: SOUTHERN ALABAMA
Sponsor: Georgia Peanut Commission
Purpose: TOUR PEANUT GROWING REGION AND PEANUT SHELLING FACILITIES
Date: May 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,166.90
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Universal Leaf Tobacco Co
Purpose: TOUR TOBACCO FARMS AND A TOBACCO LEAF PROCESSING FACILITY
Date: Aug 27, 2004
Expense: $438.88
source


Trips traveled under the office of Blanche Lincoln

Destination: CORY, N.C. - ST. LOUIS MO - MEMPHIS, TN
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR AT VARIOUS SECTOR INDUSTRY ASPECTS
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,068.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Zell Miller

Destination: D.C.-RALEIGH N.L. ST. LOUIS MO-MEMPHIS TN-GREENVILLE MS-NEW ORLEANS LA
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: COTTON INDUSTRY EDUCATION AND ORIENTATION TOUR
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,271.24
source

Destination: SAVANNAH GA, DOUGLAS GA, ALBANY GA, COLUMBUS GA, ATLANTA GA
Sponsor: Southern Southeastern Inc
Purpose: COTTON INDUSTRY EDUCATION TOUR-SOUTHEAST CONGRESSIONAL TOUR
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,001.52
source

Destination: LUBBOCK, TX AND PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: VIEW METHODS OF COTTON PRODUCTION, MANUFACTURING AND IRRIGATION IN THE SOUTHWEST UNITED STATES
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,414.31
source

Destination: RESEARCH TRIANGLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION CROP LIFE AMERICA
Purpose: TOUR RESEARCH FACILITIES LOCATED IN RESEARCH TRIANGLE, FOCUS ON BIOTECHNOLOGY
Date: Jun 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $573.50
source

Destination: PANAMA CITY, FL
Sponsor: Southern Peanut Farmers' Federation
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE FEDERATIONS ANNUAL MEETING AND ACCEPT AN AWARD ON BEHALF OF SENATOR MILLER
Date: Jul 20, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $815.51
source

Destination: THIBODAUX LA-NEW ORLEANS LA
Sponsor: LOUISIANA SUGAR INDUSTRY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING SUGAR CANE INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $733.50
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: BIOTECHNOLOGY FACILITIES TOUR
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $995.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Stephen Higginbothom.


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