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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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  • 08.27.15

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Back to The Data

Trips by*

Josh Brown


Total cost of 16 trips: $22,435.90


Trips traveled under the office of Darrell Issa

Destination: NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: COPYWRIGHT EDUCATION
Date: Jun 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $620.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,021.58
source

Destination: TAIWAN, ROC
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Mar 30, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,480.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 8, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,405.84
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: TECH POLICY ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $727.10
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA - KINGS MILL
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: FACT FIND MISSION
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $539.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO - HOTDCHEL CORONADO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,266.00
source

Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Verizon Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: May 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Orbitz Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $539.06
source

Destination: LAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND ATTEND THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,160.94
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: TECH POLICY 2004
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $792.15
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $933.39
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $446.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,714.00
source

Destination: LAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND TRADE SHOW/POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,019.84
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Josh Brown.


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