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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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BLACKBURN, MARSHA W, Republican Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $24,366.70

Average cost per trip - $1,740.48
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 266 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Washington County Republican Party
Dates - May 9, 2003 - May 9, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Johnson City, TN

Purpose - Keynote speaker at Washington County Republican Party annual Lincoln Day dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,513.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,513.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tennessee Malt Beverage Association
Dates - July 27, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Walton, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Tennessee Malt Beverage Association annual conference
Notes - Spouse Charles Blackburn accompanied. Other costs are tolls

Travel Cost - $742.27
Lodging Cost - $388.02
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $4.00
Total Cost - $1,134.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Foundation of Women Legislators
Dates - August 29, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Was a guest speaker at the NFWL annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $415.00
Lodging Cost - $209.00
Meal Cost - $18.23
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $642.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 22, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - other costs were audiovisual and incidentals

Travel Cost - $127.50
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $126.03
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $442.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican National Committee
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Congressman was invited to speak at an RNC event
Notes - Blackburn didn't sign original, so this was amendment, meals incl

Travel Cost - $505.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $855.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Futures Industry Conference
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Keynote panelist for the conference
Notes - Spouse Charles Blackburn - other costs was rental car - Charles went from Nashville to Boca Raton to Nashville

Travel Cost - $2,754.50
Lodging Cost - $1,270.08
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $174.75
Total Cost - $4,199.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Club of Growth
Dates - March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - Speaking at the Club for Growth Annual Conference
Notes - Congressman: Washington, DC - Ft Myers, FL / Ft Myers, FL - Dallas, TX Charles Blackburn: Nashville, TN - Tampa, FL, Ft Myers, FL - Dallas, TX Personal Expense 3/13

Travel Cost - $1,359.40
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,934.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Assn
Dates - April 2, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Oakland, CA

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Rep Marsha Blackburn - Nashville, TN - Oakland, CA - Washington, DC Charles Blackburn - Nashville, TN - Oakland, CA - Nashville, TN Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,019.39
Lodging Cost - $763.80
Meal Cost - $313.52
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,096.71

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Tennessee Gas Assn
Dates - June 29, 2004 - June 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Educational, keynote speaking at the conference
Notes - Mobile, AL - Jacksonville, FL - Nashville, TN

Travel Cost - $673.00
Lodging Cost - $303.02
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,076.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaking to Conference
Notes - Nashville, TN - West Palm Beach, FL - Memphis, TN Including spouse

Travel Cost - $938.60
Lodging Cost - $290.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,328.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Excalibur Classic Inc
Dates - April 16, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Guest speaking at a fundraiser for Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and Duke University Children's Hospital
Notes - Rep Marsha Blackburn - Nashville, TN - West Palm Beach, FL - Washington, DC Mary Morgan Ketchel - Nashville, TN - West Palm Beach, FL - Nashville, TN

Travel Cost - $800.60
Lodging Cost - $705.00
Meal Cost - $280.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,786.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Electronic Retailing Assn
Dates - August 22, 2005 - August 23, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Speaking, Giving keynote address to annual conference
Notes - Nashville, TN - Aspen, CO - Nashville, TN

Travel Cost - $749.39
Lodging Cost - $374.12
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $1,723.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electronic Retailing Assn
Dates - September 18, 2005 - September 20, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Delivering keynote address at ERA's annual convention
Notes - Nashville, TN - Las Vegas, NV - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,303.80
Lodging Cost - $274.78
Meal Cost - $269.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,848.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - FreedomWorks
Dates - October 11, 2005 - October 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charlottesville, VA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at Annual Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Charlottesville, VA - Nashville, TN

Travel Cost - $1,287.30
Lodging Cost - $354.00
Meal Cost - $145.09
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,786.39

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