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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

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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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Trips by*

Shannon Smith


Total cost of 14 trips: $15,917.32


Trips traveled under the office of Susan Collins

Destination: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS/SOUTH AFRICAN INST. OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,061.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Richard Durbin

Destination: WASHINGTON TO MALAWI
Sponsor: Save The Children
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,197.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION TO UNITED NATIONS
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $542.90
source

Destination: AIRLIE, VA
Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Barbara Lee

Destination: ROME TO CALABRIA, IT
Sponsor: NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: EXCHANGE OF POLITICAL AND LEGISLATIVE IDEAS BETWEEN ITALIAN OFFICIAL AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,871.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, TRUCKEE, CLAVEC RIVER AREA
Sponsor: Wilderness Society
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 27, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $959.09
source

Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Ploughshares Fund
Purpose: ARMS CONTROL SEMINAR
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $319.76
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $229.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-SHEPERDSTOWN, WV
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Apr 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $309.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: May 25, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $2,647.63
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-FAIRBANKS-ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE-FARIBA
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, NATURAL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON DRILLING, ENERGY, AND WILDERNESS ISSUES
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,532.48
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $315.72
source

Destination: ARIZONA
Sponsor: Wilderness Society
Purpose: FACT-FINDING REGARDING NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEM
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Ploughshares Fund
Purpose: MEETING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $331.84
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Shannon Smith.


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