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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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COBLE, JOHN HOWARD, Republican Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $56,688.51

Average cost per trip - $3,543.03
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 108 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Morocco Affairs Council
Dates - January 11, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Casablanca, Morocco - Rabat, Morocco - Marrakech, Morocco - Laayoune, Western Sahara

Purpose - To meet with member of Parliament along with officials in public and private sectors to discuss mutual US-Morocco issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $975.41
Lodging Cost - $537.60
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $41.08
Total Cost - $1,754.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Association of Broadcasters
Dates - July 23, 2000 - July 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC

Purpose - To speak to the NC Broadcasters annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $510.50
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $735.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To attend ACPa Annual Meeting and discuss legislative issues affecting the agricultural chemical industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,583.34
Lodging Cost - $675.57
Meal Cost - $75.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,334.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Copyright Society of the USA
Dates - June 9, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bolton Landing, NY

Purpose - Speech at the annual meeting of copyright group to discuss legislative issues involving copyright.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $551.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $88.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,039.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Manchester, England - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - To attend 2001 TransAtlantic Conference in Scotland
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $4,124.83
Lodging Cost - $2,299.50
Meal Cost - $568.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $7,037.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Recording Industry Association of America
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Attend briefing on issues affecting the music industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $823.50
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,058.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Intellectual Property Law Association
Dates - February 15, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - To deliver closing remarks at 5th international symposium, "managing IP assets in the new millennium".
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $6,775.19
Lodging Cost - $965.36
Meal Cost - $216.44
Other Cost - $31.26
Total Cost - $7,988.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Intellectual Property Law Association
Dates - November 16, 2001 - November 20, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Speech to Colloquium on Patent Pendency Reduction
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,715.80
Lodging Cost - $568.65
Meal Cost - $197.11
Other Cost - $32.98
Total Cost - $6,514.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To speak to the annual meeting of the ACPA
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,484.00
Lodging Cost - $1,972.41
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,676.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Association of Broadcasters
Dates - June 30, 2002 - July 1, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Wrightsville, NC

Purpose - speech to broadcasters' annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $822.00
Lodging Cost - $206.96
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,088.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, Qatar Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 28, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Doha, Qatar - Lisbon, Portugal

Purpose - to attend Qatari-American international conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,165.04
Lodging Cost - $710.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $9,325.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Intellectual Property Society
Dates - March 4, 2002 - March 5, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech to the IIPS board meeting and symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost - $580.00
Lodging Cost - $217.11
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $847.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 19, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - US-German Roundtable and Congressional visit to Liechtenstein
Notes - Airfare donated by Lufthansa - value of ticket is listed.

Travel Cost - $6,500.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,720.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services, Inc.
Dates - August 3, 2003 - August 9, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Mayo County, Ireland

Purpose - To attend International Trade Symposium in Ireland.
Notes - [Amended to show different sponosr] London part of trip filed separately - paid for by different sponsor.

Travel Cost - $1,028.97
Lodging Cost - $862.50
Meal Cost - $431.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,322.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 13, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To attend Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Conference.
Notes - Also attend International Trade Symposium in Ireland. Separate report filedonthat trip. [Amended to change dates, amounts and purpose]

Travel Cost - $1,235.56
Lodging Cost - $730.69
Meal Cost - $373.15
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,339.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - 3M, Inc.
Dates - December 12, 2003 - December 12, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Paul, MN

Purpose - to tour 3M's facility to discuss issues impacting the company's role in transportation and homeland security fields and to observe in operation equipment that 3M manufactures in these areas.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $857.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $907.00

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