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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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RYUN, JIM R, Republican Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $21,853.57

Average cost per trip - $1,821.13
Total number of days spent traveling - 40 days
Rank of representative - 285 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes - Spouse Anne Ryun accompanied.

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $336.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $533.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Network of Children's Ministry
Dates - February 1, 2004 - February 3, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speak at Children's Pastors' conference
Notes - with spouse Anne

Travel Cost - $1,446.80
Lodging Cost - $234.26
Meal Cost - $204.16
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,885.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Audiology
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - speaking engagement with the American Academy of Audiology
Notes - other for tips at airport and hotel

Travel Cost - $870.50
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $95.00
Other Cost - $22.00
Total Cost - $2,187.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Foot Locker
Dates - December 11, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - 25th annual foot locker cross country championships speaking engagement
Notes - with spouse Anne - other for tips at hotel

Travel Cost - $1,429.62
Lodging Cost - $537.00
Meal Cost - $651.62
Other Cost - $10.00
Total Cost - $2,628.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Puerto Rico Society of CPAs
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - speaking engagement - meeting with chamber of commerce officials - "other fact finding"
Notes - with spouse Anne - other for tips

Travel Cost - $524.60
Lodging Cost - $1,347.00
Meal Cost - $310.36
Other Cost - $28.00
Total Cost - $2,209.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Wallbuilders, Inc.
Dates - May 17, 2002 - May 19, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aledo, TX

Purpose - commencement address
Notes - spouse Anne Ryun

Travel Cost - $479.00
Lodging Cost - $215.00
Meal Cost - $73.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $767.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL - Key Biscayne, FL

Purpose - leadership summit
Notes - spouse, Anne Ryun

Travel Cost - $4,064.00
Lodging Cost - $1,543.05
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,657.05

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harding University
Dates - November 14, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Little Rock, AR

Purpose - speak at American Studies Institute
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $385.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $64.57
Other Cost - $7.90
Total Cost - $457.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Global Connection International
Dates - November 9, 2003 - November 12, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Managua, Nicaragua

Purpose - Speak at First National Prayer Dinner
Notes - spouse, Anne Ryun, other-phone calls

Travel Cost - $1,140.80
Lodging Cost - $224.25
Meal Cost - $143.84
Other Cost - $8.50
Total Cost - $1,517.39

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Second Baptist Church
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 6, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Springfield, MO

Purpose - official starter and guest speaker, Springfield marathon
Notes - spouse, Anne Ryun

Travel Cost - $497.62
Lodging Cost - $65.00
Meal Cost - $53.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $615.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Dates - November 10, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Jim Ryun was the keynote speaker for the FCA's 30th Annual Fall Gala
Notes - Washington, DC - Dallas, TX - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $930.00
Lodging Cost - $405.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost - $7.00
Total Cost - $1,522.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - West Hills Community Church
Dates - April 9, 2005 - April 10, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Keynote speaker for an evening church service
Notes - Washington, DC - St Louis, MO - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $680.00
Lodging Cost - $95.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost - $8.00
Total Cost - $873.00

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