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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

    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

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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
  • 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.

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BLUNT, ROY, Republican Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $35,427.93

Average cost per trip - $2,214.25
Total number of days spent traveling - 44 days
Rank of representative - 183 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - April 10, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Speaker at DFA annual meeting. Kansas City, MO - Washington, DC
Notes -

Travel Cost - $881.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $881.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fort Worth, TX

Purpose - Fact finding trip
Notes - First class ticket for flight between Springfield MO - Dallas Fort Worth - Reagan National (Washington DC)

Travel Cost - $1,483.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $33.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,516.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $3,283.00
Lodging Cost - $1,011.85
Meal Cost - $695.65
Other Cost - $493.00
Total Cost - $5,483.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hallmark Cars Inc.
Dates - May 7, 2001 - May 7, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $137.02
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $177.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Emerson Electric Co.
Dates - October 30, 2001 - October 30, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Meetings
Notes - First class ticket for flight between St Louis and Dulles.

Travel Cost - $958.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $958.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 24, 2002 - February 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,461.70
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $105.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,886.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Mass Retail Association
Dates - January 21, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - AZ

Purpose - speaking engagement and meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,599.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,599.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - members' conference retreat
Notes - lodging includes meals

Travel Cost - $125.00
Lodging Cost - $495.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $165.00
Total Cost - $785.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - ELC Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $113.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $190.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speak to annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,679.48
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $33.21
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,712.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Planning Congressional Institute
Dates - February 6, 2003 - February 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Republican Planning Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodgings. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $120.00
Lodging Cost - $739.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $355.00
Total Cost - $1,214.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - house leadership retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $593.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 3, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bentonville, AR

Purpose - Speaking engagement "SIFE" Students in Free Enterprise Annual Board of Directors Meeting
Notes - Springfield, MO - Bentonville, AR - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,600.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,600.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - Bicameral leadership retreat
Notes - DC - Irvington, VA - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $389.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $728.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 28, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Washington, DC - NY - Israel - NY - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $7,660.30
Lodging Cost - $2,722.32
Meal Cost - $1,248.48
Other Cost - $2,447.46
Total Cost - $14,078.56

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.