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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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  • 08.27.15

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    "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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Kevin Macmillan


Total cost of 15 trips: $18,791.30


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Oxley

Destination: MEETINGS FROM AUGUST 30TH AND 31ST ON FHLB
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Aug 29, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $920.79
source

Destination: CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL BANKING ISSUES
Sponsor: Conference of State Bank Supervisors
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 26, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $850.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, CHI. STOCK EXCHANGE, CHI. BOARD OF TRADE,CHI. OPTIONS EXCHANGE
Purpose: EXAMINE THE FINANCIAL MARKETS LOCATED IN CHICAGO
Date: Feb 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $553.12
source

Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Coalition of Service Industries
Purpose: WTO MEETINGS ON TRADE IN SERVICES
Date: May 24, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,274.72
source

Destination: CONFERENCE AND TOUR OF PROCESSING FACILITIES
Sponsor: Citigroup
Purpose: CITI CARDS CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: ASHVILLE NC
Sponsor: Conference of State Bank Supervisors
Purpose: SPEAK ON THE AGENDA OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE
Date: May 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,353.12
source

Destination: HOMESTEAD
Sponsor: NORTHWEST GEORGIA BANK
Purpose: ADDRESS THE NORTHWEST GEORGIA BANK BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $419.55
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $977.22
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANKS OF SEATTLE, SAN FRANCISCO, PITTSBURGH, AND ATLANTA
Purpose: FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,312.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO NEW YORK, N.Y.
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: SECONDARY MARKET BRIEFING
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $962.87
source

Destination: PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
Purpose: BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,398.98
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINARE
Date: Aug 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,311.05
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
Purpose: SEMINARE
Date: Dec 1, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $716.00
source

Destination: PARK CITY
Sponsor: Mortgage Bankers Association of America
Purpose: MIDWINTER EXECUTIVE HOUSING CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,380.08
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO
Sponsor: Conference of State Bank Supervisors
Purpose: ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jun 3, 2005
Expense: $761.80
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kevin Macmillan.


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