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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, 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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NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES, Democratic Party
Dist. of Columbia

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $19,180.46

Average cost per trip - $1,128.26
Total number of days spent traveling - 47 days
Rank of representative - 314 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Albany State University
Dates - December 8, 2000 - December 10, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Albany, GA

Purpose - Giving the 2000 fall commencement address at Albany State University
Notes -

Travel Cost - $689.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $689.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Historical Society of the U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Dates - October 26, 2000 - October 26, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Participating in the unveiling ceremony for Chief Judge Leon Higginbotham, Jr.'s portrait
Notes -

Travel Cost - $242.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $242.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bar Association
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Participate in a panel during the Women Leadership Summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $121.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $121.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Civil Liberties Union
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech at retirement gala for Ira Glasser
Notes -

Travel Cost - $45.74
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $245.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - City University Television
Dates - January 9, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participate in a panel discussion on the legacy of John Lindsay
Notes -

Travel Cost - $228.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $228.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chatham College
Dates - May 19, 2001 - May 20, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pittsburgh, PA

Purpose - Commencement address and receive honorary degree
Notes -

Travel Cost - $556.00
Lodging Cost - $204.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $760.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines, AT&T, Microsoft
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities as part of Congressional Black Caucus Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,107.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $135.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,771.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Other expenses of $100 paid by member

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale Law School
Dates - February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Haven, CT

Purpose - To deliver the opening address at the Race, Values and the American Legal Process dinner/conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $310.90
Lodging Cost - $99.68
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $410.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Black Law Students Association, Stanford Law School
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 20, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Palo Alto, CA

Purpose - To speak during their Commemoration of Black Liberation Month
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $814.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $211.25
Total Cost - $1,025.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Gate City Bar Association
Dates - November 12, 2003 - November 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - keynote speaker at the Gate city bar association's 2003 hall of fame dinner.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,474.00
Lodging Cost - $395.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,969.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - to participate in the 8th annual Caribbean multi-national business conference
Notes - other: land package includes meals and drinks and transfer to and from the airport

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $468.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $750.00
Total Cost - $1,518.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - to participate in the 2003 congressional tri-caucus retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $694.48
Lodging Cost - $379.80
Meal Cost - $401.68
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,475.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities, and in the process improve the working environment of the Committee and its members
Notes - Washington, DC to Queenstown, MD

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Antioch College
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Yellow Springs, OH

Purpose - Chatterjee Peace Lecture Keynote speaker and campus speaker
Notes - Washington, DC - Athens, OH - Wilberforce, OH - Yellow Springs, OH - and return

Travel Cost - $838.20
Lodging Cost - $124.95
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $963.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Equal Right Advocates
Dates - June 3, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Equal Rights Advocate 30th Anniversary luncheon keynote speaker
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA - and return

Travel Cost - $2,687.00
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,876.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale Univ
Dates - May 21, 2005 - May 22, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hartford, CT

Purpose - Yale University Class Day speaker
Notes - Washington, DC - Hartford, CT - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $438.41
Lodging Cost - $207.20
Meal Cost - $48.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $693.97

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