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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 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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    "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

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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MCKEON, HOWARD P, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $30,819.34

Average cost per trip - $3,081.93
Total number of days spent traveling - 38 days
Rank of representative - 214 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Boeing Company
Dates - April 16, 2000 - April 17, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Huntington Beach, CA - Seal Beach, CA

Purpose - Tour and briefing on space and communication programs
Notes - Took wife Patricia McKeon

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $392.90
Meal Cost - $138.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $530.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industry Council
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 18, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Tour Hi-Tech Companies
Notes - Filed 05/16/2000 - no dates given for trip

Travel Cost - $419.00
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $814.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs
Dates - June 4, 2000 - June 5, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Keynote speaker at conference
Notes - Location not given

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $155.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $155.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Proprietary Colleges
Dates - December 9, 2001 - December 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To visit local universities and colleges
Notes - Spouse Patricia McKeon accompanied.

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost - $912.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,212.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
Dates - July 20, 2001 - July 23, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes - location not specified on disclosure

Travel Cost - $188.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $129.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $317.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Qatar

Purpose - Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets & Democracy, Doha Qatar
Notes - Spouse Patricia McKeon accompanied.

Travel Cost - $15,800.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,800.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
Dates - August 23, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Sun Valley, ID

Purpose - guest speaker for the Council of Government Affairs
Notes - Spouse Patricia McKeon accompanied.

Travel Cost - $251.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $501.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Dates - March 22, 2002 - March 24, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - higher education issues
Notes - spouse Patricia McKeon accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $243.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $393.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Community Colleges
Dates - April 20, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - presented with an award for support of higher education
Notes - spouse Patricia McKeon accompanied. Spouse had lodging expenses but $0 travel expenses.

Travel Cost - $388.00
Lodging Cost - $446.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $834.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - General Atomics
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Milan, Italy - Venice, Italy

Purpose - fact finding mission to learn of common Italian/American defense interests
Notes - other expenses were misc. parking, taxi, etc.

Travel Cost - $6,700.00
Lodging Cost - $2,459.60
Meal Cost - $1,017.87
Other Cost - $83.67
Total Cost - $10,261.14

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