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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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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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HOEKSTRA, PETER, Republican Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $25,194.95

Average cost per trip - $2,519.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 257 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - discussion of 20 leading New England tech executives regarding issues impacting the new economy, Inc. internet taxation, trade, HIB Visas
Notes - additional expense is thank-you gift

Travel Cost - $1,138.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $1,244.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - January 9, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Accompanied by wife Diane Hoekstra

Travel Cost - $6,516.00
Lodging Cost - $1,546.00
Meal Cost - $872.00
Other Cost - $1,280.00
Total Cost - $10,214.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Council for National Policy
Dates - April 10, 2000 - April 12, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - orig had total in other so we moved

Travel Cost - $857.00
Lodging Cost - $262.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,419.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Constitutional Coalition, St. Louis, Mo.
Dates - March 17, 2000 - March 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Grand Rapids, MI

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $579.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $594.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Foundry Society
Dates - November 23, 2000 - November 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speak regarding workforce/labor issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.00
Lodging Cost - $730.64
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,648.64

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational purpose
Notes -

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $365.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $156.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Precision Metalforming Association
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 25, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speaking at Precision Metalforming Association 2003 Annual Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,054.50
Lodging Cost - $282.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,336.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 22, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes - audiovisual and incidentals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $139.08
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $328.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - December 9, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan

Purpose - to build bridges of friendship between the leadership of the United States and Jordan
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,948.50
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $339.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,888.25

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