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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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  • 08.27.15

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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

    Rethinking teacher preparation

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  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

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  • 08.27.15

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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

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NEAL, RICHARD E, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $16,789.75

Average cost per trip - $1,199.27
Total number of days spent traveling - 43 days
Rank of representative - 338 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 5, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chatham, MA

Purpose - Educational seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $375.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,575.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 4, 2001 - July 7, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chatham, MA

Purpose - Educational issues seminar
Notes - travel by private automobile

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,215.00
Meal Cost - $456.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,671.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Legislative issues conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,650.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Advertising Agencies
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional educational seminar on advertising and tax deductibility
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $324.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $399.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chubb Corporation
Dates - February 7, 2002 - February 8, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional educational seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $316.50
Lodging Cost - $324.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $640.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Brookings
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - welfare reform summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $918.00
Lodging Cost - $1,617.17
Meal Cost - $522.58
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,057.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - May 17, 2002 - May 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - education seminar at Lumidigm Biometrics
Notes -

Travel Cost - $622.50
Lodging Cost - $810.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,482.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 4, 2003 - July 6, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Newport, RI

Purpose - Legislative seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $590.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,090.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Burn Association
Dates - December 17, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - educational meetings with burn physicians to discuss issues affecting the medical field including physicians reimbursement, Medicare, medical research and emergency response preparedness
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $390.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $390.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chubb Corp.
Dates - December 16, 2003 - December 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - educational meeting on congressional issues affecting insurance industry including asbestos-related issues, taxes, legal reform and insurance regulation
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $390.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $440.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - June 30, 2004 - July 3, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cape Cod, MA

Purpose - Congressional leadership educational seminar
Notes - Cape Cod, MA (by personal automobile)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,185.00
Meal Cost - $285.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,470.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 16, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH - Hartford, OH

Purpose - To speak to group regarding Social Security Reform
Notes - Washington, DC - Cleveland, Oh - Hartford/Springfield

Travel Cost - $330.00
Lodging Cost - $139.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $469.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Denver Forum, City Club of San Diego
Dates - March 30, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO - San Diego, CA

Purpose - To address two public policy forums on the topic of Social Security reform
Notes - Boston, MA - Denver, CO - San Diego, CA - Boston, MA Oxford Hotel in CO, Holiday Inn in San Diego, each $149.00/night.

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,475.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 1, 2005 - July 3, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chatham, MA

Purpose - Legislative seminar / Bipartisan educational leadership seminar
Notes - Wequassett Inn, Chatham, MA (by personal automobile)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $810.00
Meal Cost - $170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $980.00

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

    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