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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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ROSS, MICHAEL A, Democratic Party
Arkansas

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $48,876.69

Average cost per trip - $4,887.67
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 128 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany

Purpose - to attend 20th Annual congress-Budentag seminar
Notes - spouse, Holiday Ross

Travel Cost - $5,665.64
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,165.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Association of America
Dates - June 27, 2003 - June 29, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Forum on payday advance industry issues
Notes - other-none disclosed

Travel Cost - $968.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $2,118.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association for Homecare
Dates - October 8, 2003 - October 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - discuss Medicare reform with members of the association
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,888.49
Lodging Cost - $229.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,117.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 13, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - learn about securities market issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $937.49
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $937.49

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 6, 2003 - October 7, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - fact-finding trip to better understand the financial markets for the AgCmte. General Commodities to Risk Management sub culture jurisdiction. Overview of recent innovations and efforts to increase global industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,296.27
Lodging Cost - $194.18
Meal Cost - $176.73
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,667.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - I-49 International Coalition
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO - Joplin, MO - Fort Smith, AR - Shreveport, LA - Doddridge, AR - Lafayette, LA - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - for member of congress and their staffs to view the I-49 route from Kansas City, MO to the Port of New Orleans and to create dialog and awareness through public meetings with Members of Congress and the I-49 International Coalition.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $965.72
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $110.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,261.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Establish and improve relations between members of the Committee on financial services and the New York Stock Exchange
Notes - with spouse Holly

Travel Cost - $2,717.88
Lodging Cost - $310.63
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,438.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - June 2, 2003 - June 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To discuss issues affecting capital markets and the investor community.
Notes - Child Sydney Beth Ross accompanied.

Travel Cost - $589.93
Lodging Cost - $397.20
Meal Cost - $21.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,008.13

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Australian Assn, Australian Govt
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Sydney, Australia

Purpose - To discuss issues of common interest between the two countries, including but not limited to the Australian Free Trade Agreement
Notes - Little Rock, AR - Sydney, Australia - Little Rock, AR

Travel Cost - $25,163.50
Lodging Cost - $1,997.70
Meal Cost - $651.84
Other Cost - $423.08
Total Cost - $28,236.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - HME News, United Publications
Dates - September 11, 2005 - September 13, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Attend and speak at the annual conference
Notes - Little Rock, AR - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $479.90
Lodging Cost - $446.98
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $926.88

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