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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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    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.
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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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FEENEY, TOM, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $42,258.82

Average cost per trip - $3,841.71
Total number of days spent traveling - 57 days
Rank of representative - 155 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,593.55
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,743.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Association of America, Community Financial Services of America
Dates - February 28, 2003 - February 28, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - To participate in a congressional briefing at dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $59.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $116.37
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $175.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 23, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Other costs include security, speakers, conference and room rentals.

Travel Cost - $5,121.10
Lodging Cost - $1,144.00
Meal Cost - $465.75
Other Cost - $610.16
Total Cost - $7,341.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaker at Restoration weekend
Notes - Spouse Ellen Feeney accompanied. [Amended sponsor originally listed as Rotterman & Associates.]

Travel Cost - $140.00
Lodging Cost - $774.00
Meal Cost - $1,033.20
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,947.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Center for Public Policy Research
Dates - August 9, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - congressional informative tour
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,443.00
Lodging Cost - $575.00
Meal Cost - $1,625.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,643.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - educational - conservative members retreat
Notes - other for audiovisual and incidentals

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.18
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda

Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Econ. Counsel's 05 Congressional delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Notes - Orlando, FL - Punta Cana, Republica Dominicana - St Johns, Antigua - Orlando, FL

Travel Cost - $407.80
Lodging Cost - $1,924.69
Meal Cost - $826.94
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,159.43

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany

Purpose - US - French Congressional Roundtable and US - German Congressional Roundtable
Notes - Washington, DC (Dulles) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany

Travel Cost - $1,655.60
Lodging Cost - $1,366.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,721.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Assn of Amusement Parks & Attractions, British Assn of Leisure Parks, Piers, & Attractions (BALPPA)
Dates - February 25, 2005 - March 1, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Speaker engagement at BALPPA's Parliamentary Lunch
Notes - Stuttgart, Germany - London, England - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $4,438.39
Lodging Cost - $1,344.04
Meal Cost - $415.98
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,198.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legislative Exchange Council ALEC
Dates - August 2, 2005 - August 5, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - 10th Amendment / Federal Affairs workshop
Notes - Orlando, Fl - Dallas, TX - Orlando, FL

Travel Cost - $166.21
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $376.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 15, 2005 - August 19, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - The Heritage Foundation & Pepperdine University: Making the Goal of Entitlement Reform a Reality
Notes - Orlando, FL - Los Angeles - San Diego - Orlando Personal expense: 8/18 - 8/19/ San Diego

Travel Cost - $384.09
Lodging Cost - $447.00
Meal Cost - $353.89
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $1,282.98

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