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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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  • 08.27.15

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    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

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Back to The Data

Trips by*

Theresa Lavery


Total cost of 11 trips: $13,040.08


Trips traveled under the office of Joe Barton

Destination: YUCCA MTN.
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR OF YUCCA MOUNTAIN BY DOE
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,380.00
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: TOUR COAL PLANT & NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
Date: Apr 6, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,101.59
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON CABLE ISSUES AND VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL.
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,177.40
source

Destination: GILLETTE, WY
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: NATURAL GAS EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION FIELD TRIP.
Date: Aug 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $882.85
source

Destination: NY LAGUARDIA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CABLE FACILITIES VISIT AND INFORMATIONAL DISCUSSION ABOUT 1996 TELECOM ACT POSSIBLE REWRITE AND CABLE INDUSTRY ISSUES.
Date: Dec 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,374.69
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: LEVEL (3) COMMUNICATIONS, VONAGE, INTRADO
Purpose: TOURS AND DISCUSSIONS ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT REWRITE, AND SPECIFICALLY VOTP TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $794.75
source

Destination: ARLINGTON, TX TO D/FW AIRPORT
Sponsor: Dallas-Fort Worth Airport International Airport
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL TOUR OF NEW TERMINAL
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $370.73
source

Destination: D.C. TO LONG BEACH, CA
Sponsor: SATELLITE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TOUR OF SATELLITE FACILITIES DURING THEIR CONFERENCE. EDUCATION OF SATELLITE INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: May 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $607.20
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA RIVERSIDE, CA FLIGHT TO LAS VEGAS, RETURN FROM LAS VEGAS TO D.C.
Sponsor: Southern California Public Power Authority
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR EDUCATION ON ENERGY ISSUES WITH FOCUS ON PUBLIC POWER
Date: Jun 1, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,695.19
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO DALLAS/FT. WORTH ROUNDTRIP
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: 3-DAY TRIP (JULY 6-8) TO VISIT VARIOUS MANUFACTURERS' FACILITIES, AND TO DISCUSS FEDERAL POLICIES AFFECTING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $1,421.68
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - ANCHORAGE, AK; ANCHORAGE TO DILLINGHAM, AK AND TOGIAK, AK
Sponsor: General Communication
Purpose: RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SITE VISIT
Date: Aug 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,234.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Theresa Lavery.


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