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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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WOOLSEY, LYNN C, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $56,404.35

Average cost per trip - $4,338.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 109 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Coalition for Peace Action
Dates - November 2, 2000 - November 3, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - speak at 21st annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $174.00
Lodging Cost - $120.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $294.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - IMDI-Singapore Board Room Briefing
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,150.40
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,350.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Visit historical civil rights sites in Alabama
Notes - Friend Rev. Glenda Hope accompanied. Member and guest paid $500 each.

Travel Cost - $1,442.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,170.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings Institute
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $248.00
Lodging Cost - $784.12
Meal Cost - $262.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,294.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Japan Center for International Exchange, U.S. Parialmentary Exchange Program
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Osaka, Japan

Purpose - to create a constructive dialogue on issues of importance to the US and Japan
Notes - child Amy Critchett accompanied.

Travel Cost - $11,262.62
Lodging Cost - $1,578.22
Meal Cost - $1,400.01
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,240.85

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Jamaica

Purpose - education reform conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,465.96
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,395.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - other not specified

Travel Cost - $1,950.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $125.00
Total Cost - $3,875.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $158.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $278.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Bahamas

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Brazil
Notes - other costs - taxis

Travel Cost - $1,973.50
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $760.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $5,533.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - other costs - ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,563.20
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,383.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $265.20
Lodging Cost - $256.00
Meal Cost - $105.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $626.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - To Participate In a Conference on Education Reform
Notes - San Francisco - Denver - Cancun / Cancun - Houston - San Francisco

Travel Cost - $1,268.40
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $4,128.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 7, 2005 - August 15, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Washington, DC - Tel Aviv / Tel Aviv - San Francisco, CA

Travel Cost - $4,658.55
Lodging Cost - $2,223.00
Meal Cost - $457.00
Other Cost - $1,495.67
Total Cost - $8,834.22

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