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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

    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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FROST, MARTIN, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $28,832.88

Average cost per trip - $2,883.29
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 225 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - To educate Members of Congress about the historic civil rights in Alabama
Notes - Member paid $500 personally to participate in trip - so total subsidized cost is $585.

Travel Cost - $721.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,085.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Development Corporation for Israel
Dates - November 29, 2001 - December 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - El Paso, TX

Purpose - Keynote speaker at their annual dinner in El Paso.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $291.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $36.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $327.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 25, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $3,349.60
Lodging Cost - $638.93
Meal Cost - $470.65
Other Cost - $994.00
Total Cost - $5,453.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - educational -- Jt. Listening Sessions of CBC Health and Environmental Justice Braintrusts
Notes - spouse Mrs. Kathryn George Frost

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $480.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - July 27, 2002 - July 29, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - to speak to participants at the ABA's summer meeting
Notes - spouse Kathryn George Frost -- other includes car service

Travel Cost - $7,306.00
Lodging Cost - $240.00
Meal Cost - $540.00
Other Cost - $159.00
Total Cost - $8,245.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Notes - other includes charitable contribution to the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Travel Cost - $412.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $2,000.00
Total Cost - $2,412.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - February 7, 2003 - February 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Notes - Other cost is for honoraria (charitable contribution)

Travel Cost - $528.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $2,000.00
Total Cost - $2,528.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Miami
Dates - March 24, 2003 - March 25, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Accompanied spouse to University of Miami at the request of the President
Notes - Spouse Major General Kathryn Frost accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,588.00
Lodging Cost - $155.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,743.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - April 22, 2003 - April 22, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Other cost is for honorarium.[assumed destination]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $1,000.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - March 2, 2004 - March 2, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Notes - other was "honoraria charitable contribution"

Travel Cost - $558.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $2,000.00
Total Cost - $2,558.70

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