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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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    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.
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    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.
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    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

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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SANDERS, BERNARD, Independent Party
Vermont

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $25,914.40

Average cost per trip - $1,727.63
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 250 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Southern California Americans for Democratic Action
Dates - April 7, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - To speak at ADA conference and participate in conference meetings
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Jane Sanders - Other expenses were car rental and hotel parking

Travel Cost - $715.00
Lodging Cost - $390.42
Meal Cost - $43.00
Other Cost - $114.93
Total Cost - $1,263.35

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Georgetown University Child Development Center
Dates - June 9, 2000 - June 12, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - To speak at/participate in Training Institutes 2000 with Georgetown University
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Sanders - other expenses for cab fare

Travel Cost - $743.71
Lodging Cost - $191.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $23.00
Total Cost - $958.21

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New England Booksellers Association
Dates - October 25, 2003 - October 25, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - to speak at the New England Booksellers Association Trade Show and Conference on the Patriot Act and civil liberties
Notes -

Travel Cost - $223.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $223.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Los Angeles County Bar Association Entertainment Law Section
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - to speak at Lawyer's conference
Notes - spouse, Jane Sanders, other-taxi cab

Travel Cost - $2,218.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $2,368.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Library Association
Dates - June 21, 2003 - June 21, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Toronto, Canada

Purpose - to speak about library legislation at the Joint American Library Association and Canadian Library Association Conference
Notes - other-transportation includes taxi, car service and airfare

Travel Cost - $1,198.57
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,198.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - El Paso, TX - Juarez, Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - to study effects of trade policy and attended meetings with officials and a number of community leaders
Notes - spouse, Jane Sanders, other-entertainment

Travel Cost - $4,419.34
Lodging Cost - $552.75
Meal Cost - $786.28
Other Cost - $64.20
Total Cost - $5,822.57

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Free Press
Dates - November 8, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Madison, WI

Purpose - To speak and participate on panels at the National Conference on Media Reform in Madison, WI.
Notes - This was filed under Rep. Bill Shuster tab

Travel Cost - $798.00
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $898.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
Dates - May 30, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Burlington, VT

Purpose - participation in panel discussions at book expo convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $522.50
Lodging Cost - $252.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $824.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress - Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Notes - Departed Washington, DC 3/18 - arrived Berlin, Germany 3/19 - day trip to Brussels, Belgium on 3/22 - stayed in Frankfurt, Germany from 23rd to 24th

Travel Cost - $1,899.10
Lodging Cost - $1,521.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $740.00
Total Cost - $4,960.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Institute of Technology
Dates - April 14, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - To serve as speaker at Cal Tech event
Notes - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA Including spouse Member paid for his spouse's airline ticket out of pocket

Travel Cost - $270.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $270.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ Stock Market
Dates - April 3, 2004 - April 8, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - NASDAQ Leadership Summit - Dialogue / meeting between business leaders from the NASDAQ listed community and government officials
Notes - Burlington, VT - Miami, FL - Burlington, VT. Personal Expense: 4/5 to 4/8 Including spouse. [Amended to reduce amounts]

Travel Cost - $2,924.60
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,931.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Smith College
Dates - March 26, 2004 - March 26, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hartford, CT

Purpose - To serve as keynote speaker at Smith College Event
Notes - Washington, DC - Philadelphia, PA - Hartford, CT

Travel Cost - $430.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $430.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Free Press
Dates - May 13, 2005 - May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Speaker, National Conference for Media Reform
Notes - Washington, DC - St Louis, MO - Burlington, VT

Travel Cost - $345.40
Lodging Cost - $184.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $619.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Initiative for Media Policy Research
Dates - May 10, 2005 - May 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Champaign, IL

Purpose - Speaker, Media Reform Conference
Notes - New York - Champaign, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $409.90
Lodging Cost - $70.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $479.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Booksellers Assn, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
Dates - June 3, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To address the Booksellers Foundation
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City - Burlington, VT

Travel Cost - $580.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $86.00
Total Cost - $666.90

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