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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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STABENOW, DEBBIE, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 19
Total cost of trips - $32,760.72

Average cost per trip - $1,724.25
Total number of days spent traveling - 51 days
Rank of representative - 198 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - congressional panel speaker
Notes - meal and lodging together - "continental plan"

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $917.90
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $917.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business and Professional Women International
Dates - March 18, 2000 - March 18, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Port Huron, MI

Purpose - banquet speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $98.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $98.64

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Central Council MI Health and Hospital Association
Dates - May 1, 2001 - May 5, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Gaylord, MI

Purpose - Keynote annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $82.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $82.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Orthopaedic Society Conference
Dates - June 16, 2001 - June 16, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Traverse City, MI

Purpose - To keynote Michigan Orthopaedic Society conference
Notes - Alpena MI - Traverse City, MI - Lansing MI

Travel Cost - $855.63
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $855.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Dates - May 31, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend the Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,150.00
Total Cost - $1,630.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Dates - May 30, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend the Detroit Regional chamber Leadership Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $780.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $980.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New Democratic Network
Dates - April 12, 2002 - April 13, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - attend a 2002 New Democrat Network East Coast Retreat..
Notes -

Travel Cost - $130.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $400.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Dates - May 29, 2003 - May 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend the Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Conference
Notes - Other costs include good faith estimate of food and lodging.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $780.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $420.00
Total Cost - $1,200.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,976.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,451.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 13, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend a general policy session
Notes -

Travel Cost - $302.45
Lodging Cost - $283.82
Meal Cost - $25.22
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $611.49

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,268.18
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $1,968.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,511.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Dates - June 4, 2004 - June 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Notes - Other costs include good faith estimate of food and lodging.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $550.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $650.00
Total Cost - $1,200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 8, 2004 - August 10, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,090.00
Lodging Cost - $429.00
Meal Cost - $462.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $4,041.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Assn
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mount Pleasant, MI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost - $170.00
Total Cost - $340.00

Additional family members - NO


Sponsor(s) - Assn of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - January 28, 2005 - January 29, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - La Quinta, CA

Purpose - Speaking
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $595.44
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $595.44
Total Cost - $1,190.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Dates - June 2, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $780.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,450.00
Total Cost - $2,230.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Habitat for Humanity
Dates - June 20, 2005 - June 20, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Benton Harbor, MI

Purpose - Habitat for Humanity home build and speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $750.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Townships Assn
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Harbor Springs, MI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $132.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $132.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Assn of Broadcasters
Dates - July 22, 2005 - July 22, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Mount Pleasant, MI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $139.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $139.00

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