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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

    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

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  • 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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WICKER, ROGER F, Republican Party
Mississippi

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $60,885.23

Average cost per trip - $5,535.02
Total number of days spent traveling - 52 days
Rank of representative - 90 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - March 25, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Galveston, TX

Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Notes - Spouse accompanied (name not specified.)

Travel Cost - $962.00
Lodging Cost - $493.20
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,555.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Notes - Memphis, TN - Naples, FL - Memphis, TN

Travel Cost - $1,352.30
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $507.01
Other Cost - $600.98
Total Cost - $2,828.71

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the U.S.-Russia-Europe Relations
Notes - Memphis, TN connected through Amsterdam Netherlands (NWA) - Venice, Italy (KLM); Return Venice, Italy to Amsterdam, Netherlands (KLM) to Memphis, TN

Travel Cost - $4,683.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,688.20

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 (no return)

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $304.47
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $632.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Korea-US Exchange Council, US Malaysia Exchange Assn
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Seoul, South Korea - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purpose - S.Korea: Meet w/Admin reps, Members of Parliament, Natl Security Advisor, & US Business to discuss US troop presence in Korea/N. Korea nuclear proliferation Malaysia:meet w/Prime Minister & other officials to learn more of the US business & counter-terror
Notes - Washington, DC - Seoul, South Korea - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Langkawi, Malaysia - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $24,125.98
Lodging Cost - $2,534.00
Meal Cost - $686.00
Other Cost - $412.00
Total Cost - $27,757.98

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Notes - Memphis - Phoenix for Rep Wicker (Return was via new trip) Memphis - Phoenix - Memphis for Gayle Wicker.[assumed city]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $1,134.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Policy in Latin America in Punta Mita, Mexico
Notes - Phoenix - Puerto Vallarta - Memphis for Rep. Wicker Memphis - Puerto Vallarta - Memphis for Caroline Wicker

Travel Cost - $2,955.84
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,616.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,521.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aurora Flight Sciences
Dates - April 29, 2005 - April 29, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Starkville, MS

Purpose - Deliver speech for Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening at Aurora's Starkville UAV factory.
Notes - Private aircraft was used. Equivalent first class airfare from DCA to GTR. Manassas, VA - Starkville, MS, municipal airstrip

Travel Cost - $616.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $616.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Memphis, TN - Honolulu, HI - Memphis, TN 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) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Memphis, TN - Dublin, Ireland - Memphis, TN Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,879.30
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,841.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Isle of Capri Corp
Dates - July 30, 2005 - July 31, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - Charity benefit concert for the BB King Museum
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $132.16
Meal Cost - $45.03
Other Cost - $628.00
Total Cost - $805.19

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