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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

    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

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  • 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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PITTS, JOSEPH R, Independent Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $33,008.42

Average cost per trip - $3,000.77
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 196 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Jubilee Campaign USA, Inayat Begum Foundation
Dates - May 29, 2000 - June 6, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Jakarta, Indonesia - Hahore, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Kotti Nuna, Pakistan - Kashmir Border, Pakistan

Purpose -
Notes - Not specified

Travel Cost - $4,528.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,378.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Defense Forum Foundation
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Algeria

Purpose - Diplomatic meetings, visit refugee camps
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,009.76
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,209.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $123.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $145.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inayat Begum Foundation
Dates - February 20, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pakistan

Purpose - People to people diplomacy, humanitarian aid
Notes -

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $53.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $63.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jubilee Campaign USA
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (10 days)
Location(s) - Bangkok, Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - China

Purpose - develop relationships with national leaders/study human rights abuses
Notes - other-airport tax

Travel Cost - $3,216.50
Lodging Cost - $430.94
Meal Cost - $137.93
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $3,825.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - May 20, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Belarus

Purpose - build relationships between U.S. and Belarus
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,000.00
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,490.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inayat Begum Foundation, Jubilee Campaign, USA
Dates - January 3, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India

Purpose - to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues
Notes - spouse, Mrs. Viriginia Pitts

Travel Cost - $5,474.52
Lodging Cost - $1,086.43
Meal Cost - $945.76
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,506.71

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Fact finding/building coalitions
Notes - DC - Baltimore

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $936.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Defense Forum Foundation
Dates - November 26, 2004 - November 29, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Madrid, Spain - Zaragoza, Spain

Purpose - Attend and speak at a conference of Parliamentarians on the issues of Western Sahara
Notes - Spain - Madrid & Zaragoza

Travel Cost - $2,748.10
Lodging Cost - $352.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,360.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - WallBuilders
Dates - October 21, 2005 - October 22, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speaker at conference
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Dallas, TX - Philadelphia, PA

Travel Cost - $348.40
Lodging Cost - $195.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $543.50

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