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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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DUNN, JENNIFER, Republican Party
Washington

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $24,957.33

Average cost per trip - $3,119.67
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 261 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 26, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - participation in World Economic Forum's annual meeting
Notes - Lodging expenses include breakfast

Travel Cost - $6,256.85
Lodging Cost - $1,058.68
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,490.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tax Coalition
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - a speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $256.86
Meal Cost - $101.20
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $358.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ernst & Young LLP
Dates - April 2, 2001 - April 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Address Ernst & Young executives and attend the Catalyst Dinner
Notes - Other cost is for car service. All receipts were photocopied and attached.

Travel Cost - $260.90
Lodging Cost - $337.09
Meal Cost - $44.00
Other Cost - $251.63
Total Cost - $893.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Grocery Manufactories of America
Dates - June 9, 2001 - June 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speech to executive conference
Notes - Children Reagan Dunn and Stacey Morton accompanied. No transport cost - member drove herself. Meal cost is for executive dinner and room service.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $813.55
Meal Cost - $166.71
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $980.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Zurich, Switzerland

Purpose - Participation in the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.
Notes - Says $150 in meals cost box but adds that "meals were $30, she attended three".

Travel Cost - $5,944.00
Lodging Cost - $1,067.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,161.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 15, 2003 - August 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Conference in London, England
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,706.79
Lodging Cost - $974.09
Meal Cost - $590.98
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,271.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $927.00
Meal Cost - $375.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,802.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Zurich, Switzerland

Purpose - Educational
Notes - No cost listed

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