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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, 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.

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.

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MILLER, JEFFERSON B, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $16,789.76

Average cost per trip - $1,678.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 337 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Gulf Power
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Destin, FL

Purpose - Gulf Power Economic Symposium - speaking engagement
Notes - Mrs. Vicki Miller (spouse) accompanied - other costs for parking

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $169.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $14.00
Total Cost - $183.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 23, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Mrs. Vicki Miller (spouse) accompanied - other costs for security

Travel Cost - $6,852.80
Lodging Cost - $1,292.00
Meal Cost - $931.50
Other Cost - $1,220.32
Total Cost - $10,296.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - other expenses: "offset by registration fees paid by member" -- accompanied by wife Vicki Miller

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes - audiovisual and incidentals

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $232.79
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $635.67

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Winn Dixie Stores Inc.
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - roundtable discussion
Notes - Washington DC - Jacksonville

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $59.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,049.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AIPAC
Dates - October 24, 2004 - October 25, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - AIPAC National Summit on Foreign Policy and Politics
Notes - Pensacola, FL - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Pensacola, FL

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $220.89
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $220.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Winn-Dixie
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 9, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Roundtable discussion
Notes - Washington, DC - Jacksonville, FL

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $59.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,049.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Meetings with Heritage Foundation
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD

Travel Cost - $151.20
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,012.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Gulf Power Co
Dates - March 28, 2005 - March 29, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Destin, FL

Purpose - Guest speaker
Notes - Chumuckla, FL - Destin, FL - Chumuckla, FL Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $308.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $308.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Bellsouth
Dates - July 14, 2005 - July 14, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Pensacola, FL

Purpose - Tour of Hurricane Dennis damage
Notes - Pensacola, FL - length of district - Pensacola, FL [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $650.00

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.