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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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FOLEY, MARK, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 24
Total cost of trips - $43,639.60

Average cost per trip - $1,818.32
Total number of days spent traveling - 95 days
Rank of representative - 148 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - July 6, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Working with the media retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $15.00
Lodging Cost - $204.00
Meal Cost - $115.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $334.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 5, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cape Cod, MA

Purpose - Workshop/Congressional Education Seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,650.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Entertainment Industry Development Corp.
Dates - January 18, 2000 - January 20, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Public Forum on Runaway Production
Notes -

Travel Cost - $420.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $940.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Financial Investment Advisers
Dates - September 10, 2000 - September 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Transportation from West Palm beach to Orlando
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Resort Development Association
Dates - July 22, 2000 - July 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - Speech -- trustees conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,014.69
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,139.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 23, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Meet with Business and government leaders to discuss public policy affecting U.S. and Italy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,150.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $5,435.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 4, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Conference/seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $153.00
Lodging Cost - $1,215.00
Meal Cost - $456.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,824.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Realtors
Dates - November 2, 2001 - November 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speaking engagement - national convention.
Notes - Amended filing to show sponsor and purpose.

Travel Cost - $390.25
Lodging Cost - $330.92
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $721.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - India

Purpose - Meetings with senior representatives in national state governments in India
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $6,871.74
Lodging Cost - $1,139.12
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,010.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Recording Industry Association of America
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Briefings and tours with Sony, Warner and Universal record labels.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Distillers and Vinters, North America
Dates - January 29, 2001 - January 30, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $225.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $275.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - Conference
Notes - Transport includes ground transportation

Travel Cost - $954.00
Lodging Cost - $1,971.00
Meal Cost - $568.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,493.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 5, 2002 - July 8, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Newport, RI

Purpose - congressional leadership educational seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $539.35
Lodging Cost - $975.00
Meal Cost - $456.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,970.35

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - reviewing high tech industries
Notes - other includes ground transportation. NB - this is an ammendment - original gave higher transportation cost.

Travel Cost - $2,272.00
Lodging Cost - $996.36
Meal Cost - $654.45
Other Cost - $341.88
Total Cost - $4,264.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American College of Radiation Oncology
Dates - February 27, 2004 - February 28, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speaking to annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $530.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $530.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mortgage Bankers Association
Dates - January 31, 2004 - January 31, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - participation in the annual Mortgage Bankers Association Commercial Real Estate Finance Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $684.77
Lodging Cost - $572.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,406.77

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Notes - DC- Scottsdale, AZ - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $567.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,071.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - 2005 Congressional Advisory Board Policy Conference - Speaking participation
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,101.75
Meal Cost - $568.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,669.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 7, 2004 - August 11, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - Washington, DC - Denver, CO - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $438.40
Lodging Cost - $566.82
Meal Cost - $181.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,186.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Inc
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 4, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - West Palm Beach, FL - Miami, FL

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $348.71
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $428.71

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - FLA USA, Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - West Palm Beach, FL - London, England - West Palm Beach, FL

Travel Cost - $1,978.95
Lodging Cost - $1,463.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,691.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Salem Law Group, Allergan, American Assn of Ophthalmology
Dates - October 23, 2004 - October 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Tampa, FL - New Orleans, LA - West Palm Beach, FL

Travel Cost - $140.00
Lodging Cost - $487.40
Meal Cost - $19.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $647.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clark Consulting
Dates - November 5, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Miami, FL - Naples, FL - West Palm Beach, FL

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $365.58
Meal Cost - $185.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - August 1, 2004 - August 3, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC
Notes - Speaking engagement

Travel Cost - $496.56
Lodging Cost - $843.66
Meal Cost - $303.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,643.64

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