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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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ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $72,810.58

Average cost per trip - $4,854.04
Total number of days spent traveling - 60 days
Rank of representative - 67 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes - accompanied by spouse Judy Istook

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $149.00
Meal Cost - $292.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $441.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 8, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dana Point, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement before the board of directors meeting
Notes - Other costs are for phone calls

Travel Cost - $692.50
Lodging Cost - $627.58
Meal Cost - $266.35
Other Cost - $34.57
Total Cost - $1,621.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Opportunity for members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry, to share areas of concern and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation, phones and other.

Travel Cost - $526.00
Lodging Cost - $330.00
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost - $535.00
Total Cost - $1,611.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for First Principles
Dates - August 14, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Educational - meetings with US Embassy and government officials in Europe.
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied.

Travel Cost - $15,609.68
Lodging Cost - $1,566.00
Meal Cost - $644.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,819.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington Policy Center
Dates - April 23, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Overview of Seattle transportation infrastructure and needs.
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,263.60
Lodging Cost - $874.94
Meal Cost - $120.10
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,258.64

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

Additional family members - No


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 Judy Istook, meals incl in lodging

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $226.80
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,300.41

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Member - Spouse Retreat on "Historical Memory & Healing"
Notes - Washington, DC - Charleston, SC

Travel Cost - $403.28
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,128.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives (AAAE)
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - Attend and participate in the AAAE Conference
Notes - Charleston, SC - Chicago, IL - Los Angeles, CA - Kona, HI / Kona, HI - Chicago, IL - OKC, OK

Travel Cost - $10,324.30
Lodging Cost - $914.72
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,239.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - March 10, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - Attend and participate in the Club for Growth's Economic Winter Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Ft Myers, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $809.30
Lodging Cost - $975.00
Meal Cost - $895.00
Other Cost - $180.00
Total Cost - $2,859.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - IBM
Dates - October 1, 2004 - October 1, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Yorktown Heights, NY

Purpose - Tour IBM New York research facilities
Notes - Washington, DC - Yorktown Heights, NY - Hawthorne, NY Including spouse

Travel Cost - $358.92
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost - $4.00
Total Cost - $387.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lihue, HI - Kauai, HI

Purpose - Attend 2004 Aviation Issues conference
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - Lihue - Kauai - Oklahoma City, OK Including spouse

Travel Cost - $9,706.00
Lodging Cost - $2,144.75
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,850.75

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To expand trade relations between Oklahoma and China
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - China - Oklahoma City, OK Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,048.00
Lodging Cost - $2,800.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,848.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation, Pepperdine Univ
Dates - August 15, 2005 - August 18, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Malibu, CA

Purpose - Pepperdine University and the Heritage Foundation conference on entitlement reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $573.80
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $707.78
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $1,856.58

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