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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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Trips by*

Levon Boyagian


Total cost of 12 trips: $18,603.59


Trips traveled under the office of Don Young

Destination: Savannah
Sponsor: American Forest & Paper Association
Purpose: Fact finding regarding TMDC's
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $927.70
source

Destination: D.C. TO SEATTLE AND BACK, BOEING FACILITY, CONFERENCE WITH ADMIN. GARVEY AND AIRLINE REPS, DISCUSSION ABOUT AVIATION
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION EDUCATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,996.60
source

Destination: LIMERICK, IRELAND
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: U.S./EUROPEAN/CANADIAN AIRPORT SECURITY AND SAFETY WORKSHOP
Date: Jul 9, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose:
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,928.29
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-MAUI, HAWAII-SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,703.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association
Purpose: NATIONAL RAILROAD CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,355.00
source

Destination: MONTREAL VIA REGIONAL JET
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,409.00
source

Destination: FLEW FROM WASHINGTON, DC TO KONA, HI TO ATTEND THE 2002 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE, CONFERENCE COMMENCED AT 7:30 AM EACH MORNING OF THE CONFERENCE. OPEN REMARKS WERE FOLLOWED BY TWO PANELS EACH DAY. ISSUES COVERED RANGED FROM AVIATION SECURITY AND NEW TEC
Sponsor: AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF AIRPORT EXECUTIVES. AIRFARE PROVIDED BY DELTA AIRLINES.
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,175.00
source

Destination: FLEW TO DETROIT FOR A CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF THE NEW NORTHWEST AIRLINES TERMINAL.
Sponsor: Northwest Airlines Corporation
Purpose: VISIT THE NEW NORTHWEST TERMINAL IN DETROIT, MI
Date: Jan 28, 2002
Expense: $521.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: AVIATION SECURITY-THE AVIATION SAFETY ALLIANCE LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE SEMINAR
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,119.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION TO LEARN ABOUT THE GAMING INDUSTRY, TRANSPORTATION OFNUCLEAR WASTE TO YUCCA MOUNTAIN, AND SECURITY MEASURES AT MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,449.00
source

Destination: FORT WORTH, TX
Sponsor: PORT OF BROWNSVILLE AND FT. WORTH ALLIANCE AIRPORT
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS ON INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS PLANS FOR THE PORT OF BROWNSVILLE AND THE ALLIANCE AIRPORT
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $420.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Levon Boyagian.


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