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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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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

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BERKLEY, SHELLEY, Democratic Party
Nevada

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $96,718.83

Average cost per trip - $9,671.88
Total number of days spent traveling - 60 days
Rank of representative - 38 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Merrill Lynch, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Freshman Democratic member fact-finding tour
Notes -

Travel Cost - $897.50
Lodging Cost - $667.00
Meal Cost - $497.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,062.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Hellenic American Congress
Dates - September 2, 2001 - September 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Greece

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Spouse Dr Lawrence Lehrner accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $4,963.60
Lodging Cost - $555.92
Meal Cost - $320.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $5,899.52

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 26, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Spouse Dr Lawrence Lehrner accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $5,085.10
Lodging Cost - $1,277.86
Meal Cost - $941.30
Other Cost - $1,988.00
Total Cost - $9,292.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 14, 2001 - May 14, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - AIPAC Leadership event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $383.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $463.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - India

Purpose - educational mission
Notes - spouse Lawrence Lehrner -- lodging includes meals

Travel Cost - $15,073.32
Lodging Cost - $1,847.32
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $587.00
Total Cost - $17,507.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United Hellenic American Congress
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 2, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Greece

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational
Notes - Spouse Lawrence Lehrner accompanied.

Travel Cost - $8,782.20
Lodging Cost - $1,945.28
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost - $261.00
Total Cost - $11,708.48

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Spouse Lawrence Lehrner accompanied. Other costs are security, water, luggage room rental

Travel Cost - $7,900.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $12,043.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Notes - Spouse Lawrence Lehrner accompanied.

Travel Cost - $9,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,300.00
Other Cost - $140.00
Total Cost - $12,090.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - Participation in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse -Lawrence Lehrner; other costs were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,881.10
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $3,936.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $11,292.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2005 - August 15, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Las Vegas, NV - Israel - Las Vegas, NV Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,174.80
Lodging Cost - $2,128.00
Meal Cost - $914.14
Other Cost - $3,142.84
Total Cost - $14,359.78

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