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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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LEE, SHEILA JACKSON, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $57,368.96

Average cost per trip - $4,097.78
Total number of days spent traveling - 55 days
Rank of representative - 104 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc
Dates - July 9, 2000 - July 9, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - convention-speaking
Notes -

Travel Cost - $83.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $83.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Qatar Foundation
Dates - October 9, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - To attend the inaugural ceremonies of the Qatar Foundation's "Education City" and to visit Camp Al-Sulayah in Doha, Qatar
Notes - Other costs are for telephone, etc. NB - This is what's stated on disclosure form itself. Attached Ritz Carlton invoice mentions 2 'spa' charges of 260 and 30 QR, as well as the telephone charges. Conversion rate 1 QR: US $3.52.

Travel Cost - $9,157.30
Lodging Cost - $907.95
Meal Cost - $169.19
Other Cost - $92.90
Total Cost - $10,327.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 8, 2003 - November 10, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - 8th Annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Notes - Meals, drinks and airport transfer included in all-inclusive land package - cost stated under lodging.

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida Ford Lincoln Mercury Minority Auto Dealers Association
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To attend Ford Lincoln Mercury Minority Dealers Association Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $974.53
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,224.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 3, 2001 - March 3, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - To commemorate civil rights march
Notes -

Travel Cost - $665.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $665.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Petroleum Institute
Dates - June 28, 2001 - July 1, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Orig food cost was $355

Travel Cost - $2,338.25
Lodging Cost - $645.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,483.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AT&T, Microsoft, American Airlines
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - CBC Tech Summit
Notes - Child Jason Lee

Travel Cost - $747.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $747.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Botswana

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding trip
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $9,005.51
Lodging Cost - $1,311.92
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,667.43

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Friends of Low Jones
Dates - May 11, 2001 - May 12, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,245.75
Lodging Cost - $145.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,390.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Austin Democratic Party
Dates - March 5, 2001 - March 5, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - TX

Purpose - To attend Women's Legislative Day Conference
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $66.50
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $251.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Communications Consortium Media Center
Dates - January 15, 2005 - January 19, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Sri Lanka

Purpose - Tsunami relief efforts
Notes - Singapore - Sri Lanka - Newark

Travel Cost - $574.00
Lodging Cost - $276.52
Meal Cost - $138.21
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $988.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Dates - January 10, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - Tsunami relief efforts
Notes - Newark - Singapore - Newark

Travel Cost - $6,100.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $145.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,745.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation (IFMIF)
Dates - March 27, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - N'Djamena, Chad

Purpose - Doha (Attend conference on Free Trade and Democracy) Chad (Visit refugee camps; humanitarian fact-finding)
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Doha, Qatar - N'Djamena, Chad

Travel Cost - $9,435.73
Lodging Cost - $626.70
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,142.43

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 19, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Cairo, Egypt - Paris, France

Purpose - To maintain bi-lateral relations between the US and Egypt
Notes - DC to Cairo - 3/19 - to Paris 3/20 - Paris - Egypt 3/25 - leave Cairo

Travel Cost - $8,376.00
Lodging Cost - $827.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,603.00

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