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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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SNYDER, VICTOR F, Democratic Party
Arkansas

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $40,864.30

Average cost per trip - $5,108.04
Total number of days spent traveling - 53 days
Rank of representative - 159 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - spring meeting
Notes - travel from Little Rock to New Orleans was personal and paid for by representative

Travel Cost - $155.00
Lodging Cost - $422.00
Meal Cost - $143.00
Other Cost - $38.00
Total Cost - $758.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland - Tallinn, Estonia

Purpose - conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - other costs for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,105.80
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,305.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - January 3, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - educational
Notes - other expenses are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $1,362.50
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $172.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $2,254.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,039.10
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,564.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,191.90
Lodging Cost - $961.00
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $55.00
Total Cost - $3,682.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose -
Notes - Betsy Singleton, spouse-$400 ground transportation both entered in other category

Travel Cost - $5,038.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $8,763.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Little Rock AR - Istanbul, Turkey / Istanbul, Turkey - Little Rock, AR Including spouse Donors: Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust, Hewlett Foundation, Mellon Foundation

Travel Cost - $4,481.50
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,131.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 17, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Little Rock, AR - Dublin, Ireland / Dublin, Ireland - Little Rock, AR Including spouse Personal expense: 8/17 - 8/20/05

Travel Cost - $5,242.50
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,404.50

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