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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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BIGGERT, JUDY, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $24,219.00

Average cost per trip - $2,421.90
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 267 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on educational reform
Notes - Accompanied by husband Rody Biggert--"stayed in the same room"

Travel Cost - $1,810.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,470.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Dates - October 16, 2000 - October 16, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Greensboro, NC

Purpose - To address NAEHCY
Notes -

Travel Cost - $476.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $476.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Fundraising for the GOP Main Street Partnership
Notes - Accompanied by husband Rody Biggert

Travel Cost - $1,462.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,890.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Spouse Rody Biggert accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards
Dates - June 10, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $727.00
Lodging Cost - $209.08
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $976.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mainstreet Republican Partnership
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 18, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose -
Notes - spouse Rody Biggert -- no purpose indicated

Travel Cost - $2,876.26
Lodging Cost - $239.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,115.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Dates - June 10, 2002 - June 11, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost - $727.00
Lodging Cost - $209.08
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $976.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Participate in conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Rody Biggert accompanied. Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,499.40
Lodging Cost - $1,696.00
Meal Cost - $1,144.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,439.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - a summit to augment the relationships and concerns between business leaders and government officials
Notes - Spouse Roddy Biggert - his itinerary was Chicago to Miami to Chicago

Travel Cost - $2,263.78
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,270.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Government Harvard Univ
Dates - October 17, 2005 - October 17, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speak as part of a lecture series that former Congressman Martin Frost is organizing at the Kennedy School. The subject was the Judiciary and the relationship w/ Congress.
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA / Boston, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $403.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $403.40

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