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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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CARDIN, BENJAMIN L, Democratic Party
Maryland

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $33,274.57

Average cost per trip - $2,772.88
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 194 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speak at MetLife education seminar on Pension and Retirement issue
Notes - Accompanied by wife Myrna Cardin

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $497.50
Meal Cost - $229.91
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $727.41

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose -
Notes - Accompanied by wife Myrna Cardin

Travel Cost - $374.00
Lodging Cost - $1,258.89
Meal Cost - $667.71
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,340.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse Myrna Cardin -- other include ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,796.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,146.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Tax Coalition
Dates - April 5, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - speak at The Tax Coalition annual forum
Notes - spouse Myrna Cardin

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $856.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $856.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 18, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Attend conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Myrna Cardin accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,759.40
Lodging Cost - $1,696.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,895.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maryland Association of Counties
Dates - August 14, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Ocean City, MD

Purpose - Speak at Maryland Association of Counties' annual conference
Notes - Spouse Myrna Cardin accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $140.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Beth El Congregation
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 29, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ocean City, MD

Purpose - Speak to project Mishtacha at Beth El
Notes - Spouse Myrna Cardin accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $119.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $159.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Speak at JFK School of Government Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Myrna Cardin accompanied

Travel Cost - $88.00
Lodging Cost - $1,315.32
Meal Cost - $972.86
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,421.13

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - attend congressional health policy conference
Notes - spouse, Myrna Cardin, other-none specified

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $880.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $112.00
Total Cost - $1,942.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Univ
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Speak at the Kennedy School of Government Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Baltimore, MD - Turnberry Isle, Aventura, FL

Travel Cost - $55.48
Lodging Cost - $881.40
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $1,904.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Baltimore, MD - Lausanne, Switzerland - Baltimore, MD

Travel Cost - $7,103.80
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $10,503.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maryland Assn of Counties
Dates - August 20, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ocean City, MD

Purpose - Speak at annual meeting
Notes - Baltimore - Ocean City - Baltimore

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $239.00

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