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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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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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RYAN, PAUL D, Republican Party
Wisconsin

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $48,294.78

Average cost per trip - $5,366.09
Total number of days spent traveling - 45 days
Rank of representative - 131 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 9, 2001 - August 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Attended conference on health care regarding tax policy and the uninsured
Notes - Spouse Janna Ryan accompanied. No travel costs because Rep. Ryan was in the area on a personal trip. Other costs are for LD telephone charges.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $695.44
Meal Cost - $252.00
Other Cost - $12.34
Total Cost - $959.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama
Notes - spouse, Janna Ryan, other: entry fees (museums)

Travel Cost - $960.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $80.00
Total Cost - $1,826.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Tax Council
Dates - March 5, 2004 - March 9, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - with spouse Janna

Travel Cost - $1,042.20
Lodging Cost - $412.50
Meal Cost - $280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,734.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 9, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Qatar - Bahrain - United Arab Emirates

Purpose - conference
Notes - 4/6/04 to 4/9/04 at personal expense - with spouse Janna

Travel Cost - $18,179.24
Lodging Cost - $1,189.12
Meal Cost - $432.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $19,800.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - economic policy retreat
Notes - other not specified

Travel Cost - $146.40
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $227.39
Other Cost - $76.29
Total Cost - $600.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - not specified
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $93.89
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $382.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Naples, FL

Purpose - Panel participation on Social Security
Notes - Paul: Milwaukee - Ft Lauderdale/Naples - Washington, DC Janna: Milwaukee - Ft Lauderdale/Naples - Milwaukee ** Personal Expense 3/14/05 through 3/10/05

Travel Cost - $850.80
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $880.00
Other Cost - $286.64
Total Cost - $2,667.44

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Claremont Institute for Statesmanship & Political Philosophy
Dates - August 4, 2005 - August 7, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Rep. Ryan spoke at the Claremont Institute's Policy Conference Re: Social Security
Notes - Milwaukee - Aspen - Milwaukee Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,553.16
Lodging Cost - $1,726.20
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,599.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 28, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Milwaukee, WI - Tel Aviv, Israel - Milwaukee, WI Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,702.66
Lodging Cost - $2,129.94
Meal Cost - $1,248.48
Other Cost - $2,643.46
Total Cost - $14,724.54

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