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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*

John Horner


Total cost of 12 trips: $25,628.41


Trips traveled under the office of J.C. Watts

Destination: CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,116.50
source

Destination: TOKYO - KYOTO
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH JAPANESE GOVERNMENT
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $9,282.56
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - TAMPA
Sponsor: Merck & Co
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,720.45
source

Destination: TAMPA - PALM BEACH GARDENS - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,005.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $589.00
source

Destination: DELHI - BOMBAY - BANVALDRE
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $6,191.40
source

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

Destination: PALM GARDENS, FL
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Nov 29, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $729.50
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ELECTED LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $190.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. VA.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $660.00
source

Destination: NYC, NY
Sponsor: American Association of Advertising Agencies
Purpose: BRIEFINGS AND EDUCATIONAL FORUM
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $625.00
source

Destination: KETCHUM, IDAHO
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL EDUCATION CENTER
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,110.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named John Horner.


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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  • 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