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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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BOXER, BARBARA, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $75,183.57

Average cost per trip - $4,698.97
Total number of days spent traveling - 73 days
Rank of representative - 62 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To attend the JFK/School/Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Stewart accompanied. At Turnberry Isle.

Travel Cost - $1,228.09
Lodging Cost - $1,258.89
Meal Cost - $869.36
Other Cost - $79.95
Total Cost - $3,436.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Conference on the Convergence of U.S. National Security and the Global Environment
Notes - Spouse Stewart accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,975.60
Lodging Cost - $1,443.00
Meal Cost - $1,920.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,338.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Conference on U.S. Policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Stewart accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,811.10
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,671.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - November 11, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - Speak at an AIPAC conference
Notes - Spouse Stewart accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,725.22
Lodging Cost - $1,002.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,728.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - Husband Stewart accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,720.82
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,000.82

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - California Trade
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $758.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $352.00
Total Cost - $1,910.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Participate in conference on Islam
Notes - Accompanied by husband, Stewart

Travel Cost - $2,220.20
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,345.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - Participate in conference on global environment
Notes - Accompanied by husband, Stewart

Travel Cost - $4,091.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,241.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - November 21, 2002 - November 26, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Participate in conference in U.S. policy toward Columbia
Notes - Accompanied by husband, Stewart

Travel Cost - $2,696.96
Lodging Cost - $2,720.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,016.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 15, 2002 - August 20, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To attend a conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - Accompanied by husband, Stewart

Travel Cost - $4,565.00
Lodging Cost - $2,095.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,260.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Westin Mission Hills, CA

Purpose - California delegation retreat, 2003
Notes - Actual reimbursement-traveled with spouse Steward Boxer-does not specify whether costs are separate or together

Travel Cost - $88.86
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $756.36
Other Cost - $40.74
Total Cost - $1,285.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nevada Democratic Party
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 21, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not listed. Costs are for roundtrip air travel from San Francisco CA to Las Vegas NV and hotel accommodation for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sierra Club Environmental Law Program
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Sundance, UT

Purpose - At attend a conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,126.80
Lodging Cost - $1,001.18
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,347.98

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
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,440.68
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,208.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - SS & K
Dates - June 1, 2005 - June 1, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speak at 100 Days of Action event to benefit Genocide Intervention Fund
Notes -

Travel Cost - $381.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $381.00

Additional family members - No


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 - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,050.00
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,012.00

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

    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