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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*

David Olson


Total cost of 11 trips: $23,114.97


Trips traveled under the office of Christopher Cox

Destination: TRUMBULL CN; NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: TOUR OF FACILITIES, BRIEFING
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $896.86
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bill Frist

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: ATTENDING SEMINAR, EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,798.00
source

Destination: LATVIA, BULGARIA, ROMANIA
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: TO ATTEND MEETINGS AND SEMINARS RELATED TO ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS INTO THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION
Date: May 25, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,899.80
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A MEETING
Date: Dec 12, 2002
Expense: $235.00
source

Destination: PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Center for Strategic and International Studies
Purpose: TO ATTEND MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES ON THE HIV/AIDS CRISIS IN CHINA
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,878.75
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Purpose: TAX POLICY SEMINAR
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,617.90
source

Destination: INDIA AND NEPAL
Sponsor: International Campaign for Tibet
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (11 days)
Expense: $4,110.00
source

Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Coalition of Service Industries
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN AMBASSADORS AND OTHER OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CURRENT GLOBAL TRADE TALKS
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,942.25
source

Destination: CHAD, SUDAN AND KENYA
Sponsor: Samaritan's Purse
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 6, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,594.41
source

Destination: SUDAN
Sponsor: SUDAN PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY/MOVEMENT
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $72.00
source

Destination: KENYA
Sponsor: TENWEK HOSPITAL
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $70.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named David Olson.


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