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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

    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

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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.
  • 08.27.15

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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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OBEY, DAVID R, Democratic Party
Wisconsin

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $73,299.01

Average cost per trip - $5,638.39
Total number of days spent traveling - 70 days
Rank of representative - 66 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,708.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,568.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,216.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,676.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,395.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,599.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,464.04
Lodging Cost - $1,288.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,952.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - Participate in a conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $5,185.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,745.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $1,782.60
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,457.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - Participate in a conference on education
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $1,797.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,930.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in conference on Islam
Notes - accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $3,641.27
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,766.27

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ - Tucson, AZ - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - participate in education conference
Notes - accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey, lodging and meals expenses combined, spouse accompanied through 18th

Travel Cost - $2,956.90
Lodging Cost - $1,710.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,666.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - spouse, Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $1,759.40
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,499.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust, Hewlett Foundation
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - to participate in conference on U.S. relations with South America and Brazil
Notes - spouse Joan T. Obey other: ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,606.00
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,976.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Dick Gephardt Legacy Fund
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Tribute event for Congressman Dick Gephardt
Notes - Washington DC - St Louis, MO - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 26, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy - Paris, France

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe Relations
Notes - Washington, DC - Venice, Italy - Paris, France

Travel Cost - $3,557.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,704.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,961.00

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