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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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    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

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  • 08.27.15

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Back to The Data

Trips by*

Howard Waltzman


Total cost of 29 trips: $44,757.57


Trips traveled under the office of Joe Barton

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO ATLANTA, GA AND RETURN
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ANNUAL CONVENTION/TRADE SHOW
Date: Mar 20, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $926.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SAN DIEGO AND RETURN
Sponsor: U.S. TELECOM ASSOCIATION AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,678.48
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW ORLEANS, LA AND RETURN
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: May 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,187.36
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-LOS ANGELES AND RETURN
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF MEDIA CONFERENCE
Date: May 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,889.18
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT/POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,447.12
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BOSTON, MIDLAND RETURN
Sponsor: Pulver.com
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 18, 2004
Expense: $378.70
source

Destination: LONGBOAT KEY, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,914.60
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: INDUSTRY MEETINGS
Date: Mar 7, 2005
Expense: $262.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Mar 13, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,030.90
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA TO SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 27, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,539.62
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: NATIONAL CONVENTION/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,641.90
source


Trips traveled under the office of Sam Brownback

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,450.13
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 27, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,304.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 2, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,129.70
source


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,833.15
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ANNUAL CONVENTION AND TRADE SHOW
Date: Mar 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,310.50
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,851.29
source

Destination: BRISTOL, CT
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: HEADQUARTERS VISIT
Date: Jan 25, 2002
Expense: $571.32
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,458.31
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,848.60
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,003.82
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Verizon Communications Inc
Purpose: SITE VISIT AT FORMER WORLD TRADE CENTER AREA
Date: Jun 23, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $763.39
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,604.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ANNUAL TRADE SHOW
Date: Mar 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,895.99
source

Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Sponsor: Verizon Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: May 29, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $423.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $597.39
source

Destination: PORTLAND, ME
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACILITIES TOUR
Date: Aug 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,690.52
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,488.06
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BASKING RIDGE, NJ
Sponsor: Verizon Communications Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 24, 2003
Expense: $638.54
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Howard Waltzman.


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