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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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Back to The Data

Trips by*

William Williams


Total cost of 11 trips: $17,809.42


Trips traveled under the office of J. Gresham Barrett

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATION/TRAINING
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $530.00
source

Destination: ST. PETE BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Capital One Financial Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,091.65
source

Destination: GREENVILLE/SPARTANBURG, SC TO LAS VEGAS, NEVADA TO GSP, SOUTH CAROLINA - TO TOUR YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT SITE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TO TOUR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S (DOE) NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN.
Date: Aug 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,400.09
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,454.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF TRAINING/EDUCATION
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C - N.Y.C.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: TRAINING/EDUCATION
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source

Destination: ENGLAND
Sponsor: BNFL Nuclear Services Inc
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT MORE FACILITY AND OTHER ENERGY RELATED ISSUES.
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,489.97
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: AREVA Group
Purpose: TO TOUR AREVA'S NUCLEAR FACILITIES IN FRANCE THAT HAVE EXPERTISE AND OPERATE IN EVERY SECTOR OF THE NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY, INCLUDING MOX FACILITIES, NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE, REACTORS, INSTRUMENTATION, NUCLEAR MEASUREMENT, SYSTEMS AND ENGINEERING
Date: Nov 27, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,558.71
source

Destination: PHILA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Feb 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $893.00
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BI-CAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,006.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON
Sponsor: Charleston Area Convention and Visitor Bureau
Purpose: TOURISM ISSUES (ONE OF SC TOP INDUSTRIES)
Date: May 31, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $775.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named William Williams.


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