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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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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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MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III, Republican Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $72,727.47

Average cost per trip - $6,060.62
Total number of days spent traveling - 45 days
Rank of representative - 68 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
Dates - February 26, 2000 - February 27, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Telecommunications conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $670.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,045.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 10, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bi-partisan Congressional Heath Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,317.75
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $435.56
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,671.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 7, 2001 - August 10, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Johnette McCrery

Travel Cost - $1,416.00
Lodging Cost - $1,058.16
Meal Cost - $717.26
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,191.42

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 30, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Marseilles, France

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Johnette McCrery

Travel Cost - $15,328.20
Lodging Cost - $2,406.00
Meal Cost - $1,430.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $19,164.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings Institute
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,062.00
Lodging Cost - $784.18
Meal Cost - $262.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,108.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - Spouse - Johnette McCrery accompanied.

Travel Cost - $18,334.72
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,809.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - I-49 International Coalition
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Texarkana, TX - Kansas City, MO - Joplin, MO - Fort Smith, AR - Shreveport, LA - Doddridge, AR - Shreveport, LA

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $830.30
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $22.89
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $853.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Manassas, VA

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $227.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $377.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pipe Line Contractors Association
Dates - February 2, 2004 - February 6, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Kauai, HI

Purpose - Speaking engagement, fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,178.90
Lodging Cost - $1,468.04
Meal Cost - $247.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,894.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Assn, Waddell & Reed
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 5, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaker at Annual Meeting
Notes - Shreveport, LA - Boca Raton, FL / Boca Raton, FL - Washington, DC *flight sponsor Waddell & Reed ($956.90 total)

Travel Cost - $1,030.02
Lodging Cost - $668.80
Meal Cost - $264.01
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,962.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clark/Bardes Consulting
Dates - November 8, 2002 - November 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Shreveport, LA - Scottsdale, AZ - Shreveport, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,072.43
Lodging Cost - $1,090.00
Meal Cost - $635.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,798.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation, Pepperdine Univ, Rod Campbell
Dates - August 15, 2005 - August 18, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Malibu, CA

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Shreveport, LA - Malibu, CA - Shreveport, LA Including spouse Heritage Foundation ($1406.60); Pepperdine Univ ($1281.78) & Rod Campbell ($164)

Travel Cost - $1,565.60
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $711.78
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $2,852.38

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