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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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WEXLER, ROBERT, Democratic Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 20
Total cost of trips - $174,763.87

Average cost per trip - $8,738.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 110 days
Rank of representative - 3 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 5, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - fact-finding and speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,263.80
Lodging Cost - $897.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,160.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East and Economic Cooperation
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Morocco - Kuwait - United Arab Emirates - Oman

Purpose - Education/meeting w govt officials
Notes - spouse, Laurie

Travel Cost - $13,046.28
Lodging Cost - $1,327.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $14,408.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - October 4, 2001 - October 7, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Bahrain

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10,262.17
Lodging Cost - $255.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,517.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - December 17, 2001 - December 21, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Notes - other costs are not specified

Travel Cost - $3,800.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $248.00
Other Cost - $138.00
Total Cost - $4,786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - November 25, 2001 - November 29, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,006.74
Lodging Cost - $407.31
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $5.00
Total Cost - $8,419.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - February 17, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $7,440.22
Lodging Cost - $952.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $15.75
Total Cost - $8,408.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Turkish-U.S. Business Council of Foreign Economic Relations Board
Dates - May 30, 2001 - June 5, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Turkey

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - other costs are for local transportation. Spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost - $10,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,015.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $11,915.00

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 Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Associations
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 22, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Ankara, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - fact-finding trip, caucus on US-Turkish relations
Notes - spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied. ITKIB located at 1411 Broadway, New York, NY

Travel Cost - $12,708.66
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $308.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,616.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Dates - May 26, 2002 - May 31, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kazakhstan

Purpose - meeting with government officials, fact-finding
Notes - spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost - $26,970.72
Lodging Cost - $1,480.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $29,950.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,837.90
Lodging Cost - $383.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,221.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - June 28, 2002 - July 3, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $11,034.83
Lodging Cost - $956.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,991.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - March 3, 2002 - March 8, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Jordan - Israel

Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Notes - other expenses are for gratuity.

Travel Cost - $6,948.63
Lodging Cost - $804.16
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $7,772.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Dates - November 8, 2003 - November 11, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany

Purpose - fact-finding - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,280.00
Lodging Cost - $291.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,571.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany

Purpose - US Germany roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,280.55
Lodging Cost - $440.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,120.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other not specified

Travel Cost - $5,469.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $6,539.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Vienna, Austria - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Meetings with government officials
Notes - Spouse Laurie Wexler

Travel Cost - $2,711.72
Lodging Cost - $726.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,787.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational seminars in Jordan & Israel
Notes - DC - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel - DC

Travel Cost - $4,700.50
Lodging Cost - $1,135.00
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost - $416.25
Total Cost - $6,461.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Dates - March 21, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Krakow, Poland - Warsaw, Poland

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Dulles - Krakow & Warsaw, Poland - Dulles

Travel Cost - $6,295.85
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $166.00
Other Cost - $464.00
Total Cost - $7,250.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CASI Foundation for Children, China Contact Friendly Assn
Dates - July 3, 2005 - July 8, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Nanjing, China - Shanghai, China

Purpose - Educational/Fact finding
Notes - Washington, DC - Beijing, China - Nanjing, China - Shanghai, China - New York

Travel Cost - $4,934.06
Lodging Cost - $680.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,914.06

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