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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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GRANGER, KAY N, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $31,536.75

Average cost per trip - $3,942.09
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 206 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads, Burlington Northern & Sante Fe
Dates - January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - Speech at their annual legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,434.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $170.00
Total Cost - $2,704.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 25, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - ????
Notes - No purpose stated

Travel Cost - $3,150.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,400.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Educational conference
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $373.00
Lodging Cost - $1,043.16
Meal Cost - $302.66
Other Cost - $157.68
Total Cost - $1,876.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Associations
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 22, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - inaugural visit by Turkish Caucus
Notes - John Dean Granger accompanied.

Travel Cost - $13,005.00
Lodging Cost - $960.00
Meal Cost - $402.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,367.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Radio Shack
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - To view, and do fact finding, on a community development project in Vancouver that is similar to a developing project in Fort Worth
Notes - Radio Shack paid for the airfare - member personally covered other expenses.

Travel Cost - $2,680.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,680.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 20, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference and NRCC Retreat
Notes - Ft Worth - Orlando - Scottsdale - Ft Worth $550 Lodging & Registration Paid by Campaign

Travel Cost - $2,697.00
Lodging Cost - $461.00
Meal Cost - $170.00
Other Cost - $550.00
Total Cost - $3,878.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Notes - Ft Worth - Orlando - Ft Worth

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $461.00
Meal Cost - $170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $631.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed
Dates - July 8, 2004 - July 8, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Fort Worth - 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

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