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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.

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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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STARK, PETE, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $43,757.65

Average cost per trip - $4,861.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 147 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - participate in education reform conference
Notes - took wife, Deborah Stark

Travel Cost - $1,876.00
Lodging Cost - $430.00
Meal Cost - $390.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,696.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Kaiser Permanente
Dates - November 27, 2000 - November 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech to medical providers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,822.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,822.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 18, 2000 - March 25, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - participate in global environment conference
Notes - took wife, Deborah and son, Fortney Stark; three days at personal expense

Travel Cost - $2,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,604.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund, Maryland University
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied. Other expenses are for a vest and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $2,059.68
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $706.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,683.63

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied. Three days were at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $1,373.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,373.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - education purposes
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,063.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,196.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pathology Service Associates
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - speech for annual conference
Notes - accompanied by spouse Deborah and infant children Hannah and Andrew

Travel Cost - $6,019.56
Lodging Cost - $200.48
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,300.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Munich, Germany - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - U.S. - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Notes - spouse - Deborah Stark

Travel Cost - $12,970.68
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,270.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on The Challenge of Education Reform
Notes - Washington, DC - Cancun, Mexico

Travel Cost - $1,771.80
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,811.80

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