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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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  • 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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DEMINT, JAMES W, Republican Party
South Carolina

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $18,668.83

Average cost per trip - $2,666.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 318 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Citizens for a Sound Economy
Dates - July 16, 2000 - July 17, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speech on social security legislation
Notes - Accompanied by wife Debbie DeMint

Travel Cost - $1,820.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $2,118.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Forum on healthcare
Notes - Spouse Debbie DeMint accompanied. Other costs are for transportation / phone charges

Travel Cost - $3,060.00
Lodging Cost - $1,043.16
Meal Cost - $485.82
Other Cost - $182.73
Total Cost - $4,771.71

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Smith Institute
Dates - February 8, 2001 - February 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To learn about social security reform in Great Britain and applications for US policy makers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,766.37
Lodging Cost - $597.00
Meal Cost - $268.41
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,631.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $347.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Right to Work Committee
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - To attend their convention and delivery keynote address
Notes - Wife Debbie DeMint accompanied him

Travel Cost - $2,165.80
Lodging Cost - $258.00
Meal Cost - $84.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,507.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Freedom Works
Dates - June 9, 2005 - June 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA

Purpose - Deliver keynote on economic policy at annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $732.47
Lodging Cost - $932.00
Meal Cost - $241.07
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,905.54

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