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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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    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

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LEVIN, SANDER, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 25
Total cost of trips - $105,710.97

Average cost per trip - $4,228.44
Total number of days spent traveling - 105 days
Rank of representative - 34 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - health policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,125.74
Lodging Cost - $839.26
Meal Cost - $681.35
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,686.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy

Purpose - TPN winter meeting and CELI study visit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,018.25
Lodging Cost - $1,070.00
Meal Cost - $429.00
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $5,592.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 18, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - attend conference on us policy toward Cuba
Notes - spouse

Travel Cost - $1,608.60
Lodging Cost - $1,792.00
Meal Cost - $1,296.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,796.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 25, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - conference on us-Russia relations
Notes - spouse

Travel Cost - $3,249.80
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,669.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $434.50
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $377.42
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,729.87

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - Participate in conference on the convergence of U.S. National Security and the Global Environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,352.00
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,232.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Columbia University
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $454.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $454.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To participate in Bipartisan Congressional health policy conference
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $890.00
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $414.00
Other Cost - $45.95
Total Cost - $2,222.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stanford Law School
Dates - May 18, 2002 - May 19, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $414.00
Lodging Cost - $205.74
Meal Cost - $19.06
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $638.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Dates - June 1, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend Leadership Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $23.00
Lodging Cost - $317.70
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $340.70

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - participant
Notes -

Travel Cost - $607.50
Lodging Cost - $1,236.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,993.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - conference on Islam
Notes - accompanied by spouse Victoria Levin. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $2,927.14
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $7,202.14

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - congressional retreat on welfare reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,090.50
Lodging Cost - $335.00
Meal Cost - $262.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,687.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - HI

Purpose - To participate in congressional program
Notes - Spouse, Victoria Levin accompanied

Travel Cost - $5,293.80
Lodging Cost - $1,568.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,381.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in conference on US-Mexico Relations
Notes - spouse Victoria Levin accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,151.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $990.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,866.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 13, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a Conference on US Policy in Latin America
Notes - Washington, DC - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,882.68
Lodging Cost - $2,360.00
Meal Cost - $1,616.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,058.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - April 4, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Invited to attend Town Hall
Notes - Washington, Dc - Philadelphia, PA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $230.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $250.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes - Detroit, MI - Chicago, IL - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $17,423.00
Lodging Cost - $1,216.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,439.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - China relations
Notes - Washington, DC - Honolulu, HI - Washington, DC Personal expenses: 1/2 - 1/5/04 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,273.80
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,748.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - April 30, 2004 - April 30, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To participate in conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $765.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $47.70
Total Cost - $812.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Georgetown, Bahamas

Purpose - To participate in conference on Brazil
Notes - Washington, DC - Georgetown, Bahamas - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,807.00
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $7,177.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Conference
Dates - June 3, 2004 - June 6, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Participate in policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $740.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $765.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 21, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - To participate in conference on Political Islam
Notes - Washington, DC - Barcelona, Spain - Washington, DC Including spouse Dates of personal expenses: 1

Travel Cost - $3,208.40
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $1,968.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,651.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Dick Gephardt Legacy Fund
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - St Louis, MO - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - May 16, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Erie, PA

Purpose - Invited to attend Town Hall
Notes - Washington, DC - Erie, PA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $313.30
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $313.30

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