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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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SESSIONS, PETE, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $69,781.46

Average cost per trip - $4,652.10
Total number of days spent traveling - 62 days
Rank of representative - 75 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 25, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Address to ABA LLAC Annual Meeting
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Juanita Sessions. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $505.00
Lodging Cost - $3,100.00
Meal Cost - $16.34
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,621.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bostson, MA

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Other expense for thank-you gift. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dallas/Ft. Worth Association of Chinese Professionals
Dates - August 24, 2001 - August 31, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Xian, China - Beijing, China - Baoji, China

Purpose - meet with business and government leaders to promote cooperation and strong relations between our countries
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,415.00
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,290.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Vision America
Dates - August 23, 2001 - August 23, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - deliver speech to annual awards budget
Notes -

Travel Cost - $182.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $182.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Swailes & Co.
Dates - March 19, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - speech to the energy security council concerning legislation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $187.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $187.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - January 23, 2001 - January 24, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - spoke on panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,649.50
Lodging Cost - $265.91
Meal Cost - $48.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,963.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Asia Foundation
Dates - May 24, 2002 - May 29, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to facilitate mutual understanding and improved bilateral relations with China
Notes - spouse Juanita Sessions accompanied - other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $17,425.74
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $18,465.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia
Dates - January 11, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Malaysia

Purpose - Malaysian effort on terrorism, trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,000.00
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados

Purpose - improving Barbados & Econ. Issues in Antigua
Notes - spouse, Juanita Sessions accompanied. Other costs not specified and disclosed on form as 0 - $90 figure is only on attached memo from Inter-American Economic Council.

Travel Cost - $4,236.00
Lodging Cost - $1,659.15
Meal Cost - $278.52
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $6,263.67

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - March 23, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - child, Bill Sessions, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $7,200.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $9,200.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - January 18, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speak on congressional panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $630.00
Lodging Cost - $598.16
Meal Cost - $342.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,570.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 13, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - learn about market structure and other regulatory issues facing securities markets
Notes -

Travel Cost - $318.05
Lodging Cost - $337.19
Meal Cost - $148.32
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $803.56

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation
Dates - December 3, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - NAFTA conference and binational congressional retreat
Notes - with spouse Juanita

Travel Cost - $1,915.14
Lodging Cost - $822.42
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,737.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Down Syndrome Center for Research and Treatment
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Stanford, CA

Purpose - view research in Down syndrome, autism, Parkinson's. Stanford University Medical Center, CA
Notes - with spouse Juanita - both he and spouse began unofficial trip portion early at own expense

Travel Cost - $1,879.20
Lodging Cost - $130.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,089.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda

Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua.
Notes - Washington - Republica Dominicana - St Johns, Antigua and back to DC. [assumed city]

Travel Cost - $4,583.40
Lodging Cost - $1,924.69
Meal Cost - $1,653.88
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,161.97

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