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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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WU, DAVID MR., Democratic Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $24,455.63

Average cost per trip - $2,717.29
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 265 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of Chinese Schools, National Association of Chinese Language Schools
Dates - May 26, 2000 - May 28, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - speech to group's annual conference
Notes - spouse, Michelle

Travel Cost - $427.00
Lodging Cost - $178.00
Meal Cost - $182.60
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $787.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce, H & Q Asia Pacific
Dates - April 13, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong

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

Travel Cost - $4,346.00
Lodging Cost - $1,566.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,362.00

Additional family members - No


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 Michelle Wu accompanied. Meal costs are included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

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 - congressional retreat 2003
Notes - with spouse Michelle Wu - meal expenses included in lodging

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Global Alliance for Democracy and Peace
Dates - November 1, 2003 - November 1, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - GADP National Conference speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,843.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,863.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - congressional tri-caucus retreat
Notes - trip extended one day at personal expense - with spouse Michelle Wu

Travel Cost - $493.04
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $849.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,892.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - attend Harvard health care policy conference
Notes - Spouse Michelle Wu - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,136.40
Lodging Cost - $1,696.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $3,838.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Attend Harvard health care policy conference
Notes - Spouse Michelle Wu accompanied. Other costs are not specified.

Travel Cost - $764.00
Lodging Cost - $1,310.00
Meal Cost - $1,162.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,281.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Fund JFK School of Govt
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 17, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Harvard Healthcare Policy Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Ft Lauderdale - DC

Travel Cost - $1,349.17
Lodging Cost - $1,527.46
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $3,844.03

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