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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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    "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

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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KOLBE, JIM, Republican Party
Arizona

Total number of trips - 29
Total cost of trips - $89,347.68

Average cost per trip - $3,080.95
Total number of days spent traveling - 152 days
Rank of representative - 48 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - conference participation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,803.50
Lodging Cost - $791.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,894.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Greensboro, NC

Purpose - board of directors retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $307.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 1999 - January 2, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Hilton Head, SC

Purpose - conference participation
Notes - dates at personal expense-1/1/2000-1/2/2000

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $732.60
Meal Cost - $540.00
Other Cost - $425.00
Total Cost - $1,697.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ABC News
Dates - August 5, 2000 - August 5, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Toronto, Canada

Purpose - return to Washington for media appearance
Notes -

Travel Cost - $455.04
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $455.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - August 9, 2000 - August 16, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Anchorage, AK

Purpose - national parks site visits
Notes -

Travel Cost - $949.10
Lodging Cost - $926.71
Meal Cost - $170.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,046.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 2001 - January 1, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Participate in seminars
Notes - Other cost is registration

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $780.00
Meal Cost - $575.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $1,855.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Montreal, Canada

Purpose - Aviation Issues Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $541.00
Lodging Cost - $614.24
Meal Cost - $127.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,282.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Council of State Governments
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 7, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Santa Fe, NM

Purpose - 2 speeches
Notes -

Travel Cost - $592.75
Lodging Cost - $183.87
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $776.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 25, 2001 - February 27, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Forum meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,605.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,465.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Conference participation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,600.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,650.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Australian Education Leadership Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Sydney, Australia

Purpose - Participation in legislative meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,032.60
Lodging Cost - $510.00
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,717.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - participate in forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $297.50
Lodging Cost - $1,236.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,833.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-New Zealand Council
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (10 days)
Location(s) - Auckland, New Zealand

Purpose - Participate in bi-lateral meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,826.50
Lodging Cost - $1,145.00
Meal Cost - $112.50
Other Cost - $179.00
Total Cost - $9,263.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - October 22, 2003 - October 23, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speaking to several study groups
Notes - Sponsor listed as 'Institute of Politics, Kennedy School, Harvard University'. Boston, MA - Tucson, AZ

Travel Cost - $986.75
Lodging Cost - $239.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,225.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 21, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Geneva, Switzerland - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Participation in World Economic Forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,756.77
Lodging Cost - $947.45
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,004.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Participate in conference on political Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,170.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,420.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Dialogue
Dates - February 27, 2003 - March 4, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Participate in fact finding mission
Notes - Miami, FL - Havana, Cuba

Travel Cost - $890.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,640.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Sotogrande, Spain

Purpose - Participate in conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,557.90
Lodging Cost - $372.00
Meal Cost - $257.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,186.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Leaders Project
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Participate in conference "The US and the Muslim World: Through Each Others Eyes"
Notes - Tucson, AZ - Jacksonville, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $403.30
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $803.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard University
Dates - March 6, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To participate in forum and teach classes
Notes - Tucson, AZ - Boston, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $849.77
Lodging Cost - $410.00
Meal Cost - $28.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,288.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute, German Marshal Fund
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Nanjing, China - Xian, China - Beijing, China - Nagoya, Japan

Purpose - To participate in US-China relations conference (China), to participate in trade & poverty forum (Japan)
Notes - Tucson, AZ - Shanghai, China - Nanjing, China - Xian, China - Beijing, China - Nagoya, Japan - Washington, DC Aspen Institute (China) German Marshal Fund (Japan)

Travel Cost - $8,736.95
Lodging Cost - $1,916.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,852.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Minneapolis Foundation, Humphrey Institute Policy Forum
Dates - April 24, 2005 - April 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Minneapolis, MN

Purpose - To participate in 2 public policy forums
Notes - Washington, DC - Minneapolis, MN - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,750.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,030.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - May 13, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - Participation in conference with European legislators
Notes - Washington, Dc - Salt Lake City, UT - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,223.40
Lodging Cost - $689.97
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,088.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Participate in World Economic Forum meetings as part of CODEL Portman
Notes - Washington, DC - Davos, Switzerland - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $644.98
Meal Cost - $219.03
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $864.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Republican Institute
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 22, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Salvador, El Salvador

Purpose - Election monitoring
Notes - Washington, DC - San Salvador, El Salvador - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,330.50
Lodging Cost - $225.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,735.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ
Dates - June 4, 2004 - June 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Board of Directors retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $458.00
Meal Cost - $804.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,262.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 30, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - Washington, DC - Barcelona, Spain - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - Tucson, AZ Personal expenses: 5-29 - 5/30/04

Travel Cost - $2,368.40
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $984.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,627.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Weekend
Dates - December 28, 2004 - January 1, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - To participate in conference sessions
Notes - Washington, DC - Charleston, SC - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $739.20
Meal Cost - $650.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $1,889.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Australian American Leadership Dialogue
Dates - August 13, 2005 - August 21, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Sydney, Australia

Purpose - Participate in Leadership Dialogue meetings
Notes - Tucson, AZ - Sydney, Australia - Tucson, AZ Personal expense: 8/15 - 8/17/05

Travel Cost - $4,340.37
Lodging Cost - $645.45
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,185.82

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