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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

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    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

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  • 08.27.15

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    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.

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BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM, Republican Party
Utah

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $44,425.11

Average cost per trip - $6,346.44
Total number of days spent traveling - 40 days
Rank of representative - 143 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany

Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Notes - Child Jarom Bishop accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,146.40
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,646.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conference
Notes - Rayburn Horseshoe - Baltimore Marriott - Rayburn Horseshoe

Travel Cost - $113.40
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $304.47
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $882.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress - Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Notes - Washington, DC - Berlin, Germany - day trip to Brussels, Belgium - stayed in Frankfurt, Germany from 3/23 - 3/24

Travel Cost - $1,899.10
Lodging Cost - $1,521.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $740.00
Total Cost - $4,960.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund of the United States
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 13, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Meeting of the Congress - Bundestag Forum, a program for members of the German Bundestag and the US Congress to improve dialogue and cooperation
Notes - Salt Lake City, UT - Key Largo, FL - Salt Lake City, UT Dates of personal expense: 1

Travel Cost - $919.30
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $256.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,175.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 26, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Minneapolis, MN - St. Paul, MN

Purpose - Meeting of the Congressional Study Group on Germany, a parliamentary exchange program between US Congressional and German Government leaders
Notes - Salt Lake City, UT - Minneapolis/St Paul, MN - Salt Lake City, UT. One day personal.

Travel Cost - $1,521.30
Lodging Cost - $550.00
Meal Cost - $330.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,401.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - July 2, 2005 - July 8, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Elmau, Germany

Purpose - To improve dialogue and cooperation between members of the German Bundestag and the US Congress and to gain additional insight into German politics and policy
Notes - Salt Lake City - Berlin, Germany - Elmau, Germany - Salt Lake City, Utah Including spouse

Travel Cost - $14,081.80
Lodging Cost - $1,499.40
Meal Cost - $401.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,982.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Salt Lake City, UT - Israel - Salt Lake City, UT Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,634.70
Lodging Cost - $1,773.00
Meal Cost - $1,248.48
Other Cost - $2,720.80
Total Cost - $14,376.98

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.