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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

    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

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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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CANTOR, ERIC, Republican Party
Virginia

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $30,945.91

Average cost per trip - $2,063.06
Total number of days spent traveling - 52 days
Rank of representative - 213 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Republican Study Committee
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational - seminars/briefing
Notes - Transportation cost is for one day of parking

Travel Cost - $11.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $28.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $39.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Other cost not specified

Travel Cost - $3,466.10
Lodging Cost - $1,011.89
Meal Cost - $695.65
Other Cost - $493.00
Total Cost - $5,666.64

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Spouse Diana Cantor and children Michael, Jenna and Evan accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $630.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,580.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Dates - January 27, 2002 - January 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - speak at a conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,282.00
Lodging Cost - $216.00
Meal Cost - $55.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,553.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Financial Services Roundtable
Dates - April 3, 2003 - April 4, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speak to Financial Services Roundtable conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,022.50
Lodging Cost - $400.03
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,422.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 23, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Other costs are for security

Travel Cost - $3,412.91
Lodging Cost - $1,144.00
Meal Cost - $465.75
Other Cost - $610.16
Total Cost - $5,632.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - January 12, 2003 - January 13, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speech on foreign affairs
Notes -

Travel Cost - $375.00
Lodging Cost - $179.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $554.00

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 Diana and three children accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

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

Additional family members - Yes


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 - February 6, 2003 - February 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

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) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 29, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speak at AIPAC dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,797.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,797.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
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) - American Bankers Assn
Dates - February 11, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speak to their Legislative Liaison Advisory Conference
Notes - Richmond, VA - Naples, FL - Richmond, VA

Travel Cost - $950.29
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.29

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - ELC Retreat
Notes - [assumed destination]

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 18, 2005 - August 25, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Washington, DC - Israel - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $4,676.06
Lodging Cost - $1,631.00
Meal Cost - $624.24
Other Cost - $34.12
Total Cost - $6,965.42

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