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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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    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.
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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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LATHAM, THOMAS P, Republican Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $43,414.69

Average cost per trip - $6,202.10
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 151 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Futures Industry Association, Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 17, 2000 - March 20, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speaker and panel member
Notes - spouse, kathy

Travel Cost - $2,166.50
Lodging Cost - $1,413.12
Meal Cost - $497.31
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,076.93

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Futures Ind. Assoc. Conf. - Washington Outlook
Notes - Spouse Kathy Latham

Travel Cost - $3,023.16
Lodging Cost - $1,480.20
Meal Cost - $485.31
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,988.67

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Oilseed Processors Association
Dates - January 26, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - 2001 Annual meeting - keynote speaker
Notes - Spouse Kathy Latham

Travel Cost - $2,887.00
Lodging Cost - $975.00
Meal Cost - $416.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,278.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - tour and briefing of Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Notes - accompanied by spouse Kathy Latham

Travel Cost - $3,781.50
Lodging Cost - $372.90
Meal Cost - $134.66
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,289.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 14, 2003 - March 15, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Financial Industries conference - speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse Kathy Latham accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,212.83
Lodging Cost - $2,177.78
Meal Cost - $715.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,106.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - To meet with Energy Ministry, discuss post-Chernobyl nuclear policies, economic consequences of decreased nuclear generation in Italy. Toured geothermal facilities and discussed construction methods, new technologies and safety.
Notes - Spouse Kathy Latham accompanied.

Travel Cost - $13,466.24
Lodging Cost - $2,264.90
Meal Cost - $2,322.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,053.14

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 20, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Participated in panel discussions regarding federal policy and Congress during the Futures Industry Association's annual conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Boca Raton, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,133.91
Lodging Cost - $1,101.89
Meal Cost - $386.58
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,622.38

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