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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

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  • 08.27.15

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DELAHUNT, WILLIAM D, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $15,075.05

Average cost per trip - $1,884.38
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 361 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Retailers Association for Massachusetts
Dates - July 15, 2000 - July 15, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Martha's Vineyard, MA

Purpose - 2000 Eastern NASRAI Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $460.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $495.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - USA Rice
Dates - April 10, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Promotion of trade
Notes - Other costs are for departure tax ($50 - Miami; $20 - Havana)

Travel Cost - $445.00
Lodging Cost - $579.00
Meal Cost - $107.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $1,201.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement, conference participant
Notes - Other costs are for airport car service

Travel Cost - $547.50
Lodging Cost - $1,404.21
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $225.80
Total Cost - $2,177.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - January 21, 2003 - January 23, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Explore opportunities for US business and fact finding mission
Notes - Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $349.00
Lodging Cost - $310.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $10.00
Total Cost - $869.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Investigate opportunities for US business
Notes - Other costs are for airport tax - Havana

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,116.00
Meal Cost - $133.68
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $2,051.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Dates - February 4, 2004 - February 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Guatemala

Purpose - Fact-finding trip related to adoption
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,000.00
Lodging Cost - $210.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,360.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 19, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany

Purpose - To evaluate US relations with the European Union, Germany, and France, and to discuss trade, security, and economic issues.
Notes - Boston - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Boston

Travel Cost - $3,377.20
Lodging Cost - $894.00
Meal Cost - $650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,921.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - NYC - Key Largo - Boston This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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