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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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.

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TIAHRT, TODD W, Republican Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $72,011.41

Average cost per trip - $5,539.34
Total number of days spent traveling - 63 days
Rank of representative - 70 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - conservative members retreat, educational
Notes - other costs were audiovisuals and incidentals

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $234.86
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $637.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 10, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Kauai, HI

Purpose - aviation industry conference
Notes - spouse Vicki Tiahart

Travel Cost - $9,706.00
Lodging Cost - $2,996.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,102.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - W.O. Farber Center
Dates - February 16, 2004 - February 18, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Vermillion, SD - Wichita, KS

Purpose - to speak at the Farber Forum at the University of South Dakota
Notes -

Travel Cost - $819.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $844.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - HI

Purpose - aviation issues conference
Notes - took wife, Vicki Tiahrt

Travel Cost - $3,100.00
Lodging Cost - $1,225.00
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,375.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $367.06
Meal Cost - $210.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $577.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bombardier Aerospace
Dates - August 14, 2000 - August 16, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montreal, Canada

Purpose - to see Bombardier's HQ and manufacturing industry
Notes - took wife, Vicki Tiahrt

Travel Cost - $5,678.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,678.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 7, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - HI

Purpose - Aviation Issues conference
Notes - Spouse Vicki Tiahrt accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,200.00
Lodging Cost - $975.00
Meal Cost - $850.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,025.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Vicki Tiahrt, and sons John and Luke accompanied. Meal costs included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $504.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,454.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - aviation issues conference
Notes - spouse Vicki Tiahrt accompanied.

Travel Cost - $13,717.84
Lodging Cost - $1,110.00
Meal Cost - $875.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,702.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for First Principles
Dates - August 13, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - to enhance relations between America and New Europe
Notes - with spouse Vicki

Travel Cost - $15,609.44
Lodging Cost - $1,566.00
Meal Cost - $644.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,819.44

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2003 Congressional Retreat
Notes - with spouse Vicki and children John and Luke - lodging cost includes meals

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,149.21

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Notes - DCA - Scottsdale, AZ - Wichita, KS

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $567.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,071.00

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.