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    "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

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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HOLT, RUSH, Democratic Party
New Jersey

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $86,134.33

Average cost per trip - $5,066.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 96 days
Rank of representative - 53 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 24, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - attend NYSE day for freshman members
Notes -

Travel Cost - $378.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $55.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $433.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001 (13 days)
Location(s) - Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost. Transport includes international, domestic and car. 1/15/01 - 1/18/01 at own expense.

Travel Cost - $13,487.50
Lodging Cost - $2,467.58
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,955.08

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - December 31, 2001 - January 13, 2002 (14 days)
Location(s) - Bangalore, India

Purpose - Congressional delegation trip, World Economic Forum.
Notes - spouse Dr. Margaret Lancefield accompanied. 12/31-1/9 and 1/12-1/13 at personal expense. Lodging expenses include meals.

Travel Cost - $250.62
Lodging Cost - $591.71
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $842.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - spouse Dr. Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other expenses include transportation within China.

Travel Cost - $11,633.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $16,433.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Stephens College
Dates - April 27, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Columbia, SC

Purpose - To give lecture on ethical responsibilities for those in public service.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $364.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $364.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carleton College
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Northfield, MN

Purpose - To speak as part of the "What Physicists Do" lecture series
Notes - transportation cost includes $74.22 rental car.

Travel Cost - $332.22
Lodging Cost - $106.88
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $439.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,882.80
Lodging Cost - $1,960.00
Meal Cost - $3,420.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $8,312.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other costs are for entry fees

Travel Cost - $960.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $80.00
Total Cost - $1,826.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,898.20
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,548.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Purpose - Viewing the effects of snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park.
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other costs are for snowmobile tour

Travel Cost - $1,065.00
Lodging Cost - $760.00
Meal Cost - $420.00
Other Cost - $370.00
Total Cost - $2,615.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - spouse - Margaret Lancefield - ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,937.87
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,177.87

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Zion National Park, UT - Parunuweap Wilderness area, UT - Kanab, UT - Escalante National Monument, UT - Moab, UT

Purpose - to discuss National Park Service transportation systems and other wilderness and park issues
Notes - spouse - Margaret Lancefield - ground transportation. Grand Staircase

Travel Cost - $831.30
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $2,131.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US policy in Latin America
Notes - Newark Airport - Houston Airport - Puerta Vallarta Airport - Punta Mita, Mexico - Puerta Vallarta Airport - Newark Airport

Travel Cost - $2,391.56
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,159.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 23, 2005 - March 1, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - London, England - Stuttgart, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Bressanone, Italy

Purpose - To meet with business and government representatives to discuss economic, trade and foreign policy interests of mutual concern and interest
Notes - Newark, NJ* - Paris* - London* - Stuttgart - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Bressanone, Italy - Washington, DC *The starred portions of trip were at the expense of the House Intelligence Committee because that travel was for committee business Personal expense

Travel Cost - $7,770.90
Lodging Cost - $2,483.65
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,304.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs & Civic Engagement at Colby College
Dates - April 24, 2005 - April 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Waterville, ME

Purpose - To address Colby College students, faculty, and local residents on energy policy in the new Congress
Notes - Newark, NJ - Portland, ME - Colby College (Waterville, ME) - Portland, ME - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost - $793.00
Lodging Cost - $85.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $125.00
Total Cost - $1,003.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages at Univ of Wisconsin Madison
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 16, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Madison, WI

Purpose - To address the annual conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Madison, WI - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost - $313.29
Lodging Cost - $62.00
Meal Cost - $11.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $386.29

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