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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.

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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PETRI, TOM, Republican Party
Wisconsin

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $19,303.95

Average cost per trip - $1,484.92
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 310 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 21, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speak to legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,496.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $182.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,078.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Associated General Contractors of America
Dates - March 23, 2001 - March 23, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Speech at legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $748.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $748.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Public Transportation Association
Dates - October 2, 2001 - October 2, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Attend APTA conference
Notes - No location specified

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cooperstown Conference Foundation
Dates - July 12, 2002 - July 13, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cooperstown, NY

Purpose - attend and speak at conference on national railroad issues
Notes - accompanied by spouse Anne Petri

Travel Cost - $641.00
Lodging Cost - $240.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,001.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services, Inc.
Dates - April 22, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - speak at seminar with local officials and private sector on federal highway funding and reauthorization of TEA 21
Notes -

Travel Cost - $304.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $17.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $321.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Associated General Contractors of America
Dates - February 8, 2003 - February 8, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - speak at conference about TEA21 Reauthorization
Notes -

Travel Cost - $376.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $391.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hinkley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah
Dates - January 13, 2003 - January 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - speak at political science conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $388.00
Lodging Cost - $99.00
Meal Cost - $52.78
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $539.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Railway Supply Institute
Dates - April 14, 2004 - April 14, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - to address RSI conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $839.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $839.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - AAR's Legislative Conference
Notes - LaJolla, CA - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $541.63
Lodging Cost - $326.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,027.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bicycle Business Leadership Conference
Dates - February 6, 2004 - February 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,148.20
Lodging Cost - $138.13
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,286.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Japan Legislative Exchange Program
Dates - November 8, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - Attend and participate in legislative exchange program
Notes - Washington, DC - Tokyo, Japan - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $7,997.87
Lodging Cost - $345.79
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,343.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 3, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participation in a roundtable discussion on Kid's Accounts - A Platform for Financial Security
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $339.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $3.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $342.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - French American Foundation
Dates - February 21, 2005 - February 22, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - US-French Congressional Roundtable
Notes - Washington, DC - Paris, France (one-way ticket)

Travel Cost - $1,640.10
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,085.10

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