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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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DOYLE, MIKE, Democratic Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $41,246.00

Average cost per trip - $6,874.33
Total number of days spent traveling - 35 days
Rank of representative - 156 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Italian American Foundation
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Vibo Valentia, Italy

Purpose - Exchange of political/legislative ideas between Italian officials and members of congress
Notes - Spouse Susan Doyle accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,940.00
Lodging Cost - $1,900.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,440.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Williams Company
Dates - October 25, 2001 - October 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tulsa, OK

Purpose - Fact-finding / tour of the facilities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,212.00
Lodging Cost - $237.00
Meal Cost - $21.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,470.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NEI
Dates - June 28, 2002 - July 4, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Spain

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - spouse Susan Doyle accompanied. Other costs are for escorts, interpreters, transfers and baggage handling.

Travel Cost - $13,846.00
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,700.00
Other Cost - $340.00
Total Cost - $18,006.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Aruba

Purpose - Speaker at annual convention
Notes - Spouse Susan Doyle accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,722.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,622.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Carnegie Mellon University, Athens Information Technology Institute
Dates - April 12, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Athens, Greece

Purpose - Fact finding - graduation
Notes - Son David Doyle accompanied

Travel Cost - $7,976.00
Lodging Cost - $2,724.00
Meal Cost - $780.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,480.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Foundation
Dates - March 30, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tortola

Purpose - Speaker at annual prayer breakfast
Notes - Pittsburgh, PA - Tortola, BVI - Pittsburgh, PA (Tortola, British Virgin Islands)

Travel Cost - $2,228.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,228.00

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