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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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ISRAEL, STEVE, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $63,967.48

Average cost per trip - $6,396.75
Total number of days spent traveling - 51 days
Rank of representative - 83 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speech to AIPAC membership
Notes - Spouse Alana Israel, Other costs are for phone calls

Travel Cost - $1,044.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost - $15.00
Total Cost - $1,189.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 6, 2001 - May 6, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Shore - Long Island Jewish Hospitals
Dates - April 11, 2002 - April 12, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - North Shore Long Island, NY

Purpose - tour of North Shore - Long Island Jewish hospitals and discussion of their Medicare concerns and needs
Notes -

Travel Cost - $246.00
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $455.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Touro Law Center
Dates - May 26, 2002 - May 26, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speech
Notes - accompanied by spouse Elana Israel

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $462.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $462.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - November 15, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $306.76
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $706.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - June 2, 2003 - June 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Tour of the New York Stock Exchange
Notes - Spouse Marlene Budd accompanied.

Travel Cost - $38.23
Lodging Cost - $640.45
Meal Cost - $10.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $689.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (13 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Fact finding mission to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders regarding the Middle East process
Notes - Spouse Marlene Budd accompanied. Other costs are for security

Travel Cost - $6,686.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $10,829.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Communications Consortium Media Center
Dates - January 10, 2005 - January 19, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Purpose - Collect information on Tsunami Relief efforts and homeland security
Notes - Newark - Singapore - Colombo, Sri Lanka - Singapore - Newark * Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) for 1/10 - 1/15 and 1/18 Communications Consortium Media Center (Sri Lanka Portion) 1/15 - 1/17

Travel Cost - $13,360.50
Lodging Cost - $1,120.98
Meal Cost - $514.72
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,996.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industries
Dates - January 2, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India

Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, discuss defense and financial policies
Notes - New York - Paris - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India - Paris - New York Including spouse

Travel Cost - $14,534.62
Lodging Cost - $5,735.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,270.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Fund
Dates - August 8, 2005 - August 15, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational - To see firsthand the pressing issues in the Middle East, particularly disengagement
Notes - New York - Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - Travel within Israel - New York Including spouse

Travel Cost - $7,863.30
Lodging Cost - $2,376.00
Meal Cost - $914.14
Other Cost - $2,991.34
Total Cost - $14,144.78

Additional family members - Yes

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