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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.

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KELLY, SUE W, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $34,815.63

Average cost per trip - $4,351.95
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 187 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
Dates - June 21, 2001 - June 22, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Albany, NY - Lake George, NY

Purpose - Keynote speaker - legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $454.07
Lodging Cost - $292.83
Meal Cost - $21.14
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $768.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - To visit firms in the high-tech corridor
Notes - Spouse Edward Kelly

Travel Cost - $1,646.32
Lodging Cost - $652.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,299.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To participate in 2003 Transatlantic Conference
Notes - Spouse Edward Kelly accompanied. Transportation costs are air plus ground.

Travel Cost - $16,176.12
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,650.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Notes - Newark, NJ - Scottsdale - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $1,134.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Dates - March 26, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Attend Fifth Annual Forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Notes - IAD - DOH - IAD (Washington, DC - Doha, Qatar - Washington, DC)

Travel Cost - $8,854.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,854.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board Options Exchange
Dates - April 18, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To have a firsthand look at how the markets operate, tour the trading floors and meet with traders and other market participants
Notes - New York - Chicago - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $904.39
Lodging Cost - $228.65
Meal Cost - $202.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,335.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - April 29, 2005 - April 29, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - House Financial Services Committee Members educational trip to the exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $34.09
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $34.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - September 8, 2005 - September 9, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Attend the 2005 National Listening Tour in Philadelphia, PA
Notes - Washington, DC - Philadelphia, PA - New York

Travel Cost - $437.87
Lodging Cost - $535.80
Meal Cost - $262.63
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,236.30

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