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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

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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

    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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QUINN, JACK, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $30,812.36

Average cost per trip - $3,851.55
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 215 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Cooperstown Conference Foundation
Dates - July 14, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cooperstown, NY

Purpose - recipient of annual award and speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $160.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $160.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Mary Beth Quinn accompanied. Other costs are for car rental.

Travel Cost - $3,380.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $355.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $4,695.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - April 15, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Cherbourg, France

Purpose - fact finding trip to European Nuclear sites
Notes - Spouse Mary Beth Quinn accompanied.

Travel Cost - $13,406.40
Lodging Cost - $1,625.00
Meal Cost - $1,100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,131.40

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - other costs are for transportation to and from the airport.

Travel Cost - $979.50
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $385.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $2,364.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Railway Progress Institute
Dates - April 3, 2002 - April 4, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kiawah Island, SC

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $968.50
Lodging Cost - $231.99
Meal Cost - $185.85
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,386.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes - spouse, Mary Beth Quinn accompanied. Transport costs include rental car.

Travel Cost - $892.91
Lodging Cost - $1,248.00
Meal Cost - $516.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,656.91

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads (AAR)
Dates - November 8, 2004 - November 10, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaker on panel and site visit - Annual conference for legislation - Discussion of TEALU Bill in 2005 and grade crossing safety. Also discussed and visited remote control devices
Notes - Buffalo, NY - Palm Beach, FL - Buffalo, NY

Travel Cost - $431.60
Lodging Cost - $1,036.00
Meal Cost - $660.00
Other Cost - $171.00
Total Cost - $2,298.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 11, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Restoration weekend - retreat for policy and legislative review discussion of homeland security border safety "Al Qaeda 6" in Lackawanna, NY - FBI, CIA cooperation
Notes - Buffalo, NY - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Buffalo, NY

Travel Cost - $215.41
Lodging Cost - $904.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,119.61

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