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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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BERRY, MARION, Democratic Party
Arkansas

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $21,227.68

Average cost per trip - $1,415.18
Total number of days spent traveling - 43 days
Rank of representative - 290 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Farm Bureau Federation
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 11, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Speak at annual conference
Notes - Meals paid for by AR division of Farm Bureau

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $130.00
Meal Cost - $108.24
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $238.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - May 28, 2000 - May 31, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding trip/discuss impact of UN embargo.
Notes - Other expense: logistic services, books, license

Travel Cost - $993.00
Lodging Cost - $355.00
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost - $286.00
Total Cost - $1,874.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Montana Woolgrowers Association
Dates - December 1, 2000 - December 3, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Billings, MT

Purpose - Annual meeting, speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $869.00
Lodging Cost - $105.00
Meal Cost - $54.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,028.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alabama Peanut Producers
Dates - July 30, 2000 - July 31, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Panama City, FL

Purpose - Speak at national convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $532.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $747.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Bipartisan Ag committee meetings
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Carolyn Berry

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $482.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - October 12, 2001 - October 14, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Gethsemani Abbey, KY

Purpose - Reflection of faith and how members carry out their lives on Capitol Hill
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Berry accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $905.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,205.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Southern Cotton Ginners Association
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 2, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - Speech to the Association
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $132.19
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $132.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To discuss issues with APCA executives that could impact the pesticide and biotechnology industry
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Berry accompanied. Some meals included in lodging cost. Other costs not specified. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $3,187.78
Lodging Cost - $2,090.34
Meal Cost - $315.13
Other Cost - $303.58
Total Cost - $5,896.83

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - May 5, 2003 - May 5, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Berkeley Heights, NJ

Purpose - Speech to employees of The Connell Company
Notes -

Travel Cost - $420.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $430.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Crop Production Association
Dates - November 1, 2003 - November 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hilton Head, SC

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Berry accompanied. Other costs are roundtrip car service from Savannah, GA to Hilton Head, SC

Travel Cost - $754.00
Lodging Cost - $204.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $259.60
Total Cost - $1,217.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Policy discussions
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Berry accompanied. Other costs are for one round of golf and souvenir blanket.

Travel Cost - $866.70
Lodging Cost - $567.64
Meal Cost - $496.72
Other Cost - $110.28
Total Cost - $2,041.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association
Dates - December 5, 2002 - December 7, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Berry accompanied.

Travel Cost - $594.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $368.52
Other Cost - $107.78
Total Cost - $1,070.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Crop Life America
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Meetings and participate in panel discussion
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Berry accompanied.

Travel Cost - $786.00
Lodging Cost - $953.70
Meal Cost - $467.30
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,207.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Congressman Berry is president of the association
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Berry - other expenses were taxi rides

Travel Cost - $896.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $106.99
Other Cost - $109.00
Total Cost - $1,111.99

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - June 17, 2005 - June 20, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Dayton, OH - New Albany, IN

Purpose - Roundtable discussions about Social Security
Notes - Washington - Dayton, OH - Washington - New Albany, IN - Washington

Travel Cost - $1,333.19
Lodging Cost - $183.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,546.19

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