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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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    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.
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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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BONILLA, HENRY, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $27,908.16

Average cost per trip - $2,325.68
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 233 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Grocery Manufactories of America
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 10, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - GMA executive conference
Notes - Spouse Deborah Bonilla accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost - $2,332.13
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,032.13

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Deborah Bonilla 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) - Texas Rural Water Association
Dates - March 27, 2002 - March 27, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - TX

Purpose - award presentation
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $1,795.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,795.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Crop Insurers
Dates - February 2, 2003 - February 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,360.50
Lodging Cost - $321.25
Meal Cost - $77.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,759.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Dates - February 10, 2003 - February 10, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Official event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $944.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $944.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Deborah Bonilla accompanied

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AMI
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 8, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other-transportation cost include: meals and lodging

Travel Cost - $1,649.58
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,649.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Food Marketing Institute
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - conference participation
Notes - other-lodging includes meals

Travel Cost - $496.70
Lodging Cost - $1,555.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,051.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - FMI
Dates - January 21, 2005 - January 23, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Substantial participation
Notes - Washington - Boca Raton, FL - Washington

Travel Cost - $368.70
Lodging Cost - $864.99
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,233.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Goldman Sachs
Dates - January 24, 2005 - January 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - DCA-LGA-DCA (Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC)

Travel Cost - $214.24
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $289.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Daily Show
Dates - August 2, 2004 - August 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Interview on The Daily Show
Notes - San Antonio - NY - San Antonio

Travel Cost - $996.47
Lodging Cost - $178.12
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,174.59

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Washington, DC - Tel Aviv, Israel Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,559.20
Lodging Cost - $1,773.00
Meal Cost - $1,248.48
Other Cost - $2,620.06
Total Cost - $11,200.74

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