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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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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Michael Sullivan


Total cost of 27 trips: $45,396.82


Trips traveled under the office of Mary Bono

Destination: DC-LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-BROADCAST, DTV, COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Date: May 27, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,358.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,527.50
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING RE: CABLE ISSUES
Date: Apr 3, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,435.49
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: TELECOM FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,934.77
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Ensign

Destination: PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON HIGH-TECH ISSUES AND SITE VISITS TO HIGH-TECH FIRMS
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,063.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING-VISIT AND TOUR OF TELCO CENTRAL OFFICE AND EDUCATIONAL BRIEFINGS BY TELCO EXECUTIVES
Date: Oct 8, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,869.23
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: YAHOO AND EBAY
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO RESEARCH INTERNET RELATED ISSUES
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,140.90
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CABLE ISSUES FACT FINDING
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,987.62
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAK ON TECHNOLOGY ISSUES AND BRIEFINGS ON TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,096.97
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE STAFF TRIP-SPOKE AND RECEIVED BRIEFINGS ON ECONOMIC AND POLICY ISSUES
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,665.00
source

Destination: LA AND SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: BRIEFINGS AND PLANT TOURS RELATED TO THE IT INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,242.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL ABOUT VOIP AND FACT FINDING ABOUT TELECOM ISSUES
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $260.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKER ON VOIP PANEL AND FACT FINDING TRIP RELATED TO HIGH TECH TASK FORCE DUTIES
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,896.88
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: May 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,988.76
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: ALASKA TELEPHONE ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACTFINDING VISITS WITH RURAL TELCOS
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,874.47
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: SPEAK AT PFF TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE AND PARTICIPATE IN FACT FINDING WORKSHOPS AND BRIEFINGS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,746.25
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Association of Business Political Action Committees
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND GAVE 3 DIFFERENT SPEECHES
Date: Nov 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $714.94
source

Destination: ORLANDO AND CAPE CANAVERAL FLORIDA
Sponsor: SES Americom
Purpose: SATELLITE LAUNCH AND BRIEFINGS
Date: Dec 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $963.89
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON HIGH TECH ISSUES AND EQUIPMENT
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,079.47
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $383.00
source

Destination: SARASOTA, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND PANEL PARTICIPATION ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,889.79
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO WIRELESS INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,408.80
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: LAW AND ECONOMICS CLASSES RELATED TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,559.78
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING--TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,868.50
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,405.88
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO VISIT THE LABS OF BELLSOUTH AND VIEW IPTV TECHNOLOGIES BEING DEVELOPED AND TO DISCUSS POLICY IMPLICATIONS
Date: Apr 18, 2005
Expense: $571.94
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO BROADCAST AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Date: May 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,463.99
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Michael Sullivan.


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