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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*

Alison Buist


Total cost of 11 trips: $18,579.72


Trips traveled under the office of Gordon Smith

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Alliance for Health Reform
Purpose: SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000
Expense: $100.00
source

Destination: SOUTH AFRICA, MALAWI
Sponsor: Population Action International
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO OBSERVE HOW INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING BE, LETS OPERATE AND EXTENT AT HIV/TB DEVASTATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (11 days)
Expense: $12,432.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: INVESTIGATE OREGON'S SYSTEM OF LONG TERM CARE, MEET WITH HEALTH POLICY MAKERS (NATIONAL & LOCAL) AND VISIT DIFFERENT TYPES OF LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES
Date: Oct 31, 2000
Expense: $1,660.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Catholic Health Association and affiliates
Purpose: ANNUAL RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH START TO DISCUSS HEALTH LEGISLATION FOR 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $172.55
source

Destination: COLORADO
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO EXAMINE THE RURAL HEALTH SYSTEM & IN DENVER & RURAL COLORADO
Date: Aug 13, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,079.67
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH REFORM/CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSN
Purpose: ATTEND SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $191.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: SITE VISIT-HOW PAYMENT STREAMS/REGULATIONS AFFECT HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR SENIORS UNDER MEDICAID & MEDICARE
Date: Nov 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,284.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Scan Health Plan
Purpose: SOCIAL HMD LEGISLATION DISCUSSION
Date: Dec 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $924.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH REFORM/CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSN
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH CARE STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $215.00
source

Destination: LA, CA
Sponsor: Scan Health Plan
Purpose: VISIT SOCIAL HMO SITE
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $401.50
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Alliance for Health Reform
Purpose: ANNUAL HEALTH POLICY RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $120.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Alison Buist.


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