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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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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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    "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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BISHOP, SANFORD D JR, Democratic Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $19,561.48

Average cost per trip - $2,445.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 305 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - joint listening sessions of CBC Health and Environmental Justice Brain Trust
Notes - spouse Vivian C. Bishop accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $680.00
Lodging Cost - $511.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost - $43.00
Total Cost - $1,374.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - To discuss issues of concern to the mutual caucus - tri-caucus
Notes - Spouse Vivian Creighton Bishop accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,401.44
Lodging Cost - $549.00
Meal Cost - $901.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,851.46

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $353.00
Lodging Cost - $668.52
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,066.52

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association
Dates - August 3, 2001 - August 5, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker and educational briefings attended
Notes - Spouse Vivian Creighton Bishop. Other costs are for entertainment

Travel Cost - $674.50
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $1,494.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Southern Peanut Farmers Conference
Dates - July 21, 2001 - July 22, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Attend peanut farmers conferences to discuss farm bill and AG issues
Notes - Spouse Vivian Creighton Bishop. Other costs are for entertainment

Travel Cost - $1,573.00
Lodging Cost - $332.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost - $190.00
Total Cost - $2,285.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AT&T, Microsoft, American Airlines
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,406.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,205.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Morehouse College
Dates - February 19, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Served as an honoree at the Morehouse College Founder's Day Celebration, Candle in the Dark Gala.
Notes - Including spouse. [Personal financial disclosure statement llisted location]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 13, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - not specified
Notes - This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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