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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

    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

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  • 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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Susan Magill


Total cost of 13 trips: $32,515.27


Trips traveled under the office of John Warner

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE SEMINAR ON ISSUES FACING THE CELLULAR TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: May 12, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $875.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MUNICH, GERMANY; BRUSSELS, BELGIUM; BERLIN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Hanns Seidel Foundation
Purpose: TO DISCUSS CURRENT ECONOMIC, POLITICAL & DEFENSE ISSUES WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF BAVARIAN STATE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF GERMANY AS WELL AS THE EUROPEAN UNION & NATO
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,100.00
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Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON ISSUE FACING CELLULAR TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $690.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Colonial Williamsburg
Purpose: OFFICIAL BUSINESS
Date: Nov 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $358.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA.
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR ON LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ISSUES FACING CELLULAR TELEPHONE & WIRELESS INTERNET INDUSTRY
Date: May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TELECOMMUNICATION ISSUES
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,155.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Virginia Bar Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL MEETING/LEGISLATIVE PANEL OF THE VIRGINIA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: Jul 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SWEDEN
Sponsor: Saab AB
Purpose: VISIT SAAB RESEARCH AND MANUFACTURING SITES IN SWEDEN WHICH PROVIDE EQUIPMENT TO U.S. DEFENSE FORCES
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,587.09
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $895.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN 2005 CONGRESSIONAL ADVISORY BOARD POLICY CONFERENCE, PARTICULARLY PANEL "DOES THE TRANSATLANTIC ALLIANCE STILL MAKE SENSE"
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,070.70
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL INSTITUTE CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $272.00
source

Destination: MELBOURNE, PORT DOUGLAS, CAMBERRA, SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: MEETINGS AND ON SITE INSPECTION WITH AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND U.S. EMBASSY REPS ON INTEROPERABILITY AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL UAV ISSUES APPROPRIATE TO AUSTRALIA
Date: Mar 17, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $13,401.48
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Susan Magill.


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