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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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WOLF, FRANK R, Republican Party
Virginia

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $25,969.43

Average cost per trip - $4,328.24
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 248 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - December 8, 2000 - December 14, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Greece - Serbia - Croatia - Macedonia - Kosovo

Purpose - meetings w government officials and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,681.00
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,316.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation, University of Nation
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - meeting with government officials, outreach and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Notes - spouse, Carolyn

Travel Cost - $2,632.50
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,482.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - April 15, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Beirut, Lebanon

Purpose - meeting with government officials, outreach and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Wolf accompanied. (There were no lodging expenses disclosed for this week-long trip - and no dates listed at personal expense.)

Travel Cost - $1,901.08
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,901.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Albania - Rome, Italy

Purpose - meetings with government officials and other National Prayer Breakfast activities - meeting in Rome regarding world food program, hunger and foreign assistance
Notes - with spouse Carolyn Wolf

Travel Cost - $2,314.00
Lodging Cost - $210.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,524.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Trinity Forum
Dates - September 6, 2002 - September 7, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Royal Oak, MD

Purpose - leadership retreat for members. Osprey Point Leadership Center, MD
Notes - filed a year late - with spouse Carolyn Wolf - $70 other not specified

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $200.85
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $670.85

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 20, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany

Purpose - U.S.-German Roundtable conference - visit embassy for briefings and meetings with U.S. government officials
Notes - Spouse - Carolyn Wolf - 2/15 - 2/17 paid at no expense

Travel Cost - $13,000.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,075.00

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

    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.