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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

    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

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  • 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

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BAKER, RICHARD HUGH, Republican Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $26,980.34

Average cost per trip - $2,452.76
Total number of days spent traveling - 39 days
Rank of representative - 241 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - November 26, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,360.00
Lodging Cost - $810.00
Meal Cost - $437.00
Other Cost - $303.00
Total Cost - $3,910.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Merrill Lynch, NYSE
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 14, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - original had total costs in other so we moved

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $680.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Global Association of Risk Professionals
Dates - January 31, 2000 - February 1, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.00
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $765.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Merrill Lynch, Fannie Mae
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $290.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $330.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fannie Mae
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - Financial Services -- Technology Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,200.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,950.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mortgage Insurance Companies of America
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 19, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Meeting/seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost - $661.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $1,771.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Federal Home Loan Bank Seattle
Dates - August 31, 2000 - September 2, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $1,265.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stephens Inc.
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Doesn't indicate what other costs are

Travel Cost - $1,800.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $2,700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Association
Dates - April 19, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - To speak at SIA's legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Kay Baker, lodge cost listed as $305 per night for one room, other costs are ground travel

Travel Cost - $2,287.50
Lodging Cost - $915.00
Meal Cost - $884.00
Other Cost - $211.00
Total Cost - $4,297.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federal Home Loan Bank Seattle
Dates - April 6, 2004 - April 11, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - To speak at various meetings at their conference and reviewed housing issues
Notes - Spouse - Kay Baker

Travel Cost - $5,256.84
Lodging Cost - $2,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,180.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,311.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Dates - April 15, 2004 - April 16, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - GA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - BTR - GA / GA - BTR (Baton Rouge) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No

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