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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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LARSEN, RICK R, Democratic Party
Washington

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $21,178.88

Average cost per trip - $3,529.81
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 291 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 25, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - spring retreat
Notes - spouse Tina Karlen; children Per and Robert Karlen. Other costs not specified but invoice shows JazzFest and golf tournament.

Travel Cost - $2,208.80
Lodging Cost - $829.20
Meal Cost - $425.70
Other Cost - $433.48
Total Cost - $3,897.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Other costs are for security

Travel Cost - $4,700.50
Lodging Cost - $1,112.10
Meal Cost - $377.25
Other Cost - $408.70
Total Cost - $6,598.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Spring retreat - policy
Notes - Spouse Tiia, children Robert and Per, other costs attached (I made copies)

Travel Cost - $1,906.00
Lodging Cost - $1,009.68
Meal Cost - $606.82
Other Cost - $486.08
Total Cost - $4,008.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Arctic Power
Dates - April 5, 2001 - April 9, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Education
Notes - Arctic Wildlife Refuge

Travel Cost - $1,974.32
Lodging Cost - $407.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,531.32

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - RTO West
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Briefings by Pacific Northwest transmission owners, utilities, tribes and other stakeholders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $310.47
Lodging Cost - $198.48
Meal Cost - $80.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $589.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2005 - May 1, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - DLC spring retreat
Notes - DC - New Orleans / New Orleans - DC Including spouse *Congressman Larsen paid expenses for Per & Robert from personal fund

Travel Cost - $2,132.13
Lodging Cost - $850.11
Meal Cost - $479.26
Other Cost - $92.00
Total Cost - $3,553.50

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.

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  • 08.27.15

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    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