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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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SCOTT, DAVID ALBERT, Democratic Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $32,248.52

Average cost per trip - $4,606.93
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 202 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - education mission
Notes - spouse, Alfredia Scott, other-none specified

Travel Cost - $7,439.24
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $11,582.54

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - spouse, Alfredia Scott accompanied, other costs not specified, meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,535.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - education trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,445.68
Lodging Cost - $297.42
Meal Cost - $208.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,951.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Govt Relations Council
Dates - October 15, 2004 - October 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Guest Speaker at the GoBusiness-Government Relations Council 2004 Annual Meeting
Notes - Atlanta, GA - White Sulphur Springs, WV - Atlanta, GA

Travel Cost - $1,598.40
Lodging Cost - $1,719.52
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,317.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Educational trip: 3 days exploration of the legacy of the US Civil Rights movement
Notes - Washington, DC - Alabama - Washington, DC Including spouse Personal expense: 3/4 - 3/6

Travel Cost - $930.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $124.00
Total Cost - $1,582.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - British Govt
Dates - March 20, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - Mutual educational and cultural exchange
Notes - Washington, DC - Scotland - Washington, DC Including spouse Personal expense: 3/20 - 3/25

Travel Cost - $5,096.00
Lodging Cost - $2,900.00
Meal Cost - $914.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,910.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Board of Trustees of Xavier Univ School of Medicine
Dates - September 17, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aruba

Purpose - Guest speaker at grand opening ceremony
Notes - Atlanta, GA - Aruba / Aruba - Atlanta, GA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,351.84
Lodging Cost - $568.12
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $3,369.96

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.