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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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KANJORSKI, PAUL E, Democratic Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $53,137.52

Average cost per trip - $2,952.08
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 118 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Vermont Credit Union League
Dates - May 5, 2000 - May 6, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Burlington, VT

Purpose - guest panelist at VCUL's Annual meeting and convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $804.00
Lodging Cost - $99.19
Meal Cost - $29.97
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $933.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Niagara Falls, NY

Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Notes - spouse, Nancy Kanjorski; under lodging -double occupance rm, same price as single rm

Travel Cost - $389.50
Lodging Cost - $636.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,835.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Usedom, Germany - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To attend 18th annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Notes - Spouse Nancy M. Kanjorski

Travel Cost - $4,268.40
Lodging Cost - $619.59
Meal Cost - $216.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,104.91

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - European Union Center
Dates - June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pittsburgh, PA

Purpose - Participation in policy conference on International Aspects of e-Government
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $99.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $99.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Italian American Foundation, Region of Calabria
Dates - April 17, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Vibo Valentia, Italy

Purpose - Exchange of political and legislative ideas between Italian officials and members of Congress
Notes - Spouse Nancy M. Kanjorski, other costs for ground trans.

Travel Cost - $1,552.00
Lodging Cost - $1,900.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $5,152.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 16, 2002 - March 16, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech to Future Industry Association's conference.
Notes - accompanied by chief of staff, Karen M. Feather. Transport cost is for limousine service.

Travel Cost - $250.16
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Tours of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,380.45
Lodging Cost - $194.18
Meal Cost - $219.86
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,794.49

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL - Key Biscayne, FL

Purpose - Participating in NASDAQ Leadership Summit - sat on panel with other government officials and business leaders re: ways to stimulate US economy
Notes - Spouse Nancy M Kanjorski accompanied - traveled to Key Biscayne from Wilkes Barre PA.

Travel Cost - $4,118.34
Lodging Cost - $2,881.50
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,049.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - November 11, 2003 - November 12, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Ring opening bell at New York Stock Exchange and tour trading floor
Notes - Transportation expenses were half of the total cost.

Travel Cost - $127.07
Lodging Cost - $416.46
Meal Cost - $16.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $559.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Realtors
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 28, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participating as a panelist at National Association of Realtors Conference in Miami
Notes - Washington - Orlando - Miami - and return Personal Expense 3/20 to 3/28

Travel Cost - $2,638.58
Lodging Cost - $598.18
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,586.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Educational - to learn more about eh Stock Exchange and their issues before Congress and the SEC, including Reg NMS
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY and return

Travel Cost - $451.20
Lodging Cost - $358.39
Meal Cost - $237.47
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,047.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bond Market Assn
Dates - May 9, 2005 - May 9, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To address the Executive Committee of the Bond Market Association re: pending legislation
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY / New York, NY - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $525.41
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $16.53
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $541.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Visit to NYSE to observe firsthand the operations of the NYSE and interact with its leaders and other participants in our securities markets in order to better understand the role of the NYSE in our national securities market system
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City for NYSE program (1/29/04) New York City - Wilkes-Barre, PA (1/29/04) for official event. Return to New York City for remainder of NYSE program (1/29/04). Return to DC (1/30/04)

Travel Cost - $1,191.05
Lodging Cost - $297.42
Meal Cost - $62.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,550.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Credit Union League
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - To speak at California Credit Union League's 2004 Big Valley conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Monterey, CA

Travel Cost - $940.40
Lodging Cost - $573.08
Meal Cost - $416.44
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,929.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Assn
Dates - April 4, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Speak at SIA'S Government Relations Legislative Conference Dinner
Notes - Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, FL - Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, FL and return to Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, FL Including spouse

Travel Cost - $508.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $392.38
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participate in 2004 NASDAQ Leadership Summit - dialogue between business leaders from the NASDAQ listed community and government officials to discuss economic issues US faces today
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,477.40
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,484.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
Dates - April 6, 2004 - April 14, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI - Maui, HI

Purpose - To receive briefings by FHLB of Seattle's Board of Directors and to participate on Congressional Panel all as a part of FHLB of Seattle's Board of Directors' Meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Kona, HI / Kona, HI - Maui, HI - Washington, DC Including spouse Personal expenses: 4/10/04 - 4/14/04 (Maui)

Travel Cost - $8,974.02
Lodging Cost - $4,600.00
Meal Cost - $860.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,434.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - September 11, 2005 - September 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Briefings by and discussions with senior NYSE executives on current issues affecting the capital markets
Notes - Wilkes-Barre, PA - New York, NY - Washington, DC (Roundtrip travel to and from NYC not paid for by NYSE)

Travel Cost - $126.42
Lodging Cost - $682.18
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $883.60

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