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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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STEARNS, CLIFFORD B, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $34,937.89

Average cost per trip - $2,911.49
Total number of days spent traveling - 50 days
Rank of representative - 186 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany - Bonn, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - US-German Roundtable/IMDI Congressional Visit to Liechtenstein
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,500.00
Lodging Cost - $940.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,940.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wine Institute
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - To investigate regulatory issues pertaining to the wine industry, including shipment, international trade, the Market Access Program, and the Endangered Species Act.
Notes - Joan Stearns, spouse, accompanied. Other expense is Lake County Wine Alliance Charity Tickets for spouse and member

Travel Cost - $5,140.00
Lodging Cost - $1,004.64
Meal Cost - $705.90
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $7,000.54

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Participation in the Prayer, Politics & Reconciliation Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $499.50
Lodging Cost - $158.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $777.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - January 20, 2003 - January 24, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - IMDI Congressional Visits to Singapore Program
Notes - Lodging $300x4 nights-meals $100x5 meals

Travel Cost - $3,521.30
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,221.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 14, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding Visit
Notes - Other expenses are gratuities, museum tickets

Travel Cost - $2,350.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost - $420.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $3,790.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - October 24, 2004 - October 25, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hollywood, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement at dinner
Notes - Orlando - Hollywood (Ft Lauderdale) - Orlando (all in Florida)

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $221.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $846.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Fact-finding trip to learn more about current issues facing automobile industry
Notes - Phoenix, AZ - Detroit, MI - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $845.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $265.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,770.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 6, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To participate in panel on high tech issues for the 109th Congress and to learn about other high tech matters
Notes - Member: Washington - Las Vegas - Phoenix Son: Orlando - Las Vegas - Orlando

Travel Cost - $856.62
Lodging Cost - $912.33
Meal Cost - $460.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,228.95

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 19, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany

Purpose - Fact finding to learn about trade and international issues
Notes - Orlando - Washington - Paris - Stuttgart - Gainesville

Travel Cost - $3,980.60
Lodging Cost - $683.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,363.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Awakening Inc
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Ocala - Sea Island, GA - Ocala This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Jacksonville - San Diego - DC (Congressman Stearns); Jacksonville - San Diego - Jacksonville (Son - Bundy) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 16, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Ocala - Orlando - Ocala This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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