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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.

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

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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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BASS, CHARLES F, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $15,795.95

Average cost per trip - $1,436.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 353 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Discussion w/ 20 leading NE tech executives MIT,
Notes - Extra Cost: Thank you gift

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - To gather high-tech information
Notes -

Travel Cost - $759.20
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,187.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Lisa Bass, 2 children, Lucy and Jonathan, meal incl in lodging, other costs indicate registration, but no amount

Travel Cost - $514.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,464.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - State of New Jersey
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - NJ

Purpose - The Congress will testify in court on behalf of the state
Notes -

Travel Cost - $523.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $523.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - meetings and fact finding
Notes - other expenses: taxi and bus

Travel Cost - $1,250.00
Lodging Cost - $518.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost - $126.00
Total Cost - $1,924.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Detroit, MI

Purpose - to represent the Commerce Comm. at a CEA conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,281.00
Lodging Cost - $261.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,542.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - None specified
Notes - Spouse Lisa Bass accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,881.00
Lodging Cost - $488.33
Meal Cost - $86.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,455.69

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes -

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 4, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Fact-finding mtg. In Detroit, MI
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,082.95
Lodging Cost - $712.51
Meal Cost - $122.17
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,917.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 5, 2005 - January 7, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Attend 2005 CES and attend meetings
Notes - Manchester, NH - Las Vegas - Phoenix, AZ

Travel Cost - $873.40
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,571.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Independent Baker's Assn
Dates - February 19, 2004 - February 25, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes - MHT - West Palm Beach - MHT (Manchester, NH) Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,577.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,577.40

Additional family members - Yes

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