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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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DREIER, DAVID, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 23
Total cost of trips - $24,566.43

Average cost per trip - $1,068.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 59 days
Rank of representative - 263 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,800.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,450.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Dates - November 9, 2001 - November 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Galapagos Conservancy Foundation
Dates - January 15, 2002 - January 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ecuador

Purpose - to review U.S.-Ecuador environmental and resources-related issues
Notes - Other costs not specified. Attached form disclosing gift from Government of Ecuador - transport $154.10 and accommodation/meals $451.48

Travel Cost - $3,843.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $255.00
Total Cost - $4,798.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speak and participate in meetings with world economic leaders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $507.50
Lodging Cost - $618.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,425.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - elected leadership meeting
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $113.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $190.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 30, 2002 - January 31, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - House/Senate Republican planning conference
Notes - no location indicated, other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $62.50
Lodging Cost - $495.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $165.00
Total Cost - $722.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 29, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,996.00
Lodging Cost - $960.50
Meal Cost - $95.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,051.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Discuss congressional agenda items for this session of Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $593.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Delegation retreat
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Mission Hills, CA

Purpose - CA delegation conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $358.43
Other Cost - $111.30
Total Cost - $469.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - technology meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,800.00
Lodging Cost - $440.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,440.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Walker Digital
Dates - September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Greenwich, CT

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $445.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American International Group
Dates - April 3, 2000 - April 3, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $425.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American International Group
Dates - April 10, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $280.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Empower America
Dates - August 11, 2000 - August 12, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $605.50
Lodging Cost - $372.24
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,027.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bohemian Grove
Dates - July 23, 2004 - July 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco - Los Angeles 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


Sponsor(s) - Principia High School
Dates - June 3, 2004 - June 5, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago - Washington, DC 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


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Irvington, VA - Washington, DC 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


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Phil - Washington, DC 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


Sponsor(s) - Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City
Dates - September 16, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speaking engagement re: agricultural issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Kansas City - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $270.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.40

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