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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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DEGETTE, DIANA L, Democratic Party
Colorado

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $40,879.36

Average cost per trip - $2,919.95
Total number of days spent traveling - 57 days
Rank of representative - 158 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - Participation in a conference on education
Notes - Spouse Lino Lipinsky accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,837.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,070.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - conference on education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,017.00
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $486.11
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,857.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - July 19, 2003 - July 21, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - To speak to group
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - November 30, -1 - November 30, -1
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Policy conference
Notes - Spouse Lino Lipinsky and children Francesca and Raphaela Lipinsky accompanied. Other costs are for clothing. No dates listed.

Travel Cost - $1,386.00
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $414.00
Other Cost - $42.00
Total Cost - $3,151.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany

Purpose - Policy trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $110.00
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $630.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Conference on global environment
Notes - Spouse Lino Lipinsky accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,613.82
Lodging Cost - $2,280.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,293.82

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in conference on education reform.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,369.51
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,689.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - November 29, 2004 - November 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speaker at orientation for newly elected Members of Congress
Notes - Denver, CO- Boston, MA - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $992.20
Lodging Cost - $219.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $248.00
Total Cost - $1,559.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research
Dates - November 18, 2002 - November 18, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speak to the BioConference
Notes - Denver, CO - San Diego, CA - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $380.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $410.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fordham Univ Center for Ethics Education Summit
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To speak to the Fordham Summit on Bio-Pharmaceuticals for the 21st Century
Notes - Denver, CO - New York, NY - Denver, CO

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $773.72
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $858.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - US- German Congressional roundtable. [Amended sponsor, previously French American Foundation]
Notes - Denver, CO - Paris, France - Frankfurt, Germany - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $3,320.00
Lodging Cost - $1,366.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,386.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Government Harvard Univ
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Denver, CO - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Denver, CO Including spouse

Travel Cost - $540.00
Lodging Cost - $1,276.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,316.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Denver, CO Note: Paid for $500 worth of trip

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 18, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - Conference on US-Russia-Europe cooperative efforts
Notes - Denver, CO - Dublin, Ireland - Denver, CO Personal expense: 8/19 - 8/20/05

Travel Cost - $2,530.00
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,592.00

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.