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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*

Neil Bradley


Total cost of 13 trips: $20,187.38


Trips traveled under the office of Roy Blunt

Destination: ST. PETERSBERG, RUSSIA
Sponsor: US-Russia Business Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MEETING WITH RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND U.S. FIRMS DOING BUSINESS ON RUSSIA
Date: Jul 31, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $5,300.00
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: AGENDA PLANNING AND RETREAT
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
Purpose: SEMINAR CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT INCOME
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CONGRESS OF TOMORROW CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $820.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Tiaa-Cref
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL PRESENTATION REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY AND RETIREMENT ISSUES
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,132.57
source

Destination: ZAMBIA
Sponsor: World Vision
Purpose: OBSERVE HIV / AIDS, ORPHAN SUPPORT, CHILD SUPPORT, FOOD SUPPORT AND MICRO-CREDIT PROGRAMS IN ZAMBIA SPONSORED BY WORLD VISION AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $3,629.70
source


Trips traveled under the office of Sue Myrick

Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEF OF STAFF
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $895.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,450.00
source

Destination: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.06
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Shadegg

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA STAFF RETREAT
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Nov 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $282.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $387.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $275.05
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $347.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Neil Bradley.


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