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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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  • 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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LAHOOD, RAY, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $60,180.22

Average cost per trip - $7,522.53
Total number of days spent traveling - 42 days
Rank of representative - 92 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - house agriculture committee retreat
Notes - spouse, Kathy

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $482.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - St. Sharbel Church in Peoria, IL
Dates - May 26, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Beirut, Lebanon - Itoo, Lebanon - Syria

Purpose - Church dedication keynote speaker; meetings with government officials
Notes - Spouse Kathy LaHood

Travel Cost - $5,550.20
Lodging Cost - $861.00
Meal Cost - $452.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,863.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - April 14, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Cherbourg, France

Purpose - Fact-finding trip to European nuclear technologies site
Notes - Spouse Kathy LaHood

Travel Cost - $11,582.40
Lodging Cost - $2,100.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,002.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat, Co-Chairman, House Retreat
Notes - Spouse Kathy LaHood, meal incl with lodging, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $292.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,202.00
Total Cost - $2,444.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Kathy LaHood accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Caterpillar
Dates - January 14, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech on the importance of private/public partnerships to further the work on the Illinois River
Notes - Peoria, IL - Chicago, IL and return

Travel Cost - $576.39
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $576.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - Ray LaHood: Chicago - China - Chicago Kathy LaHood: Washington - China - Washington

Travel Cost - $17,376.53
Lodging Cost - $1,532.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,708.53

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Notre Dame Univ
Dates - July 7, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Beirut, Lebanon

Purpose - To give the commencement address at the 2003-2004 ceremony
Notes - Washington, DC - Beirut, Lebanon - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $11,577.70
Lodging Cost - $741.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,718.70

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