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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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COCHRAN, THAD, Republican Party
Mississippi

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $16,765.70

Average cost per trip - $1,197.55
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 339 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - February 17, 2000 - February 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - Disclosure file 6/5/01. Actual Reimbursement

Travel Cost - $197.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $197.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 20, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - Congressional conference on US Russia relations
Notes - Disclosure file 6/5/01.

Travel Cost - $1,698.70
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $3,123.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American College of Dentists
Dates - October 13, 2000 - October 13, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, Il

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - Disclosure filed 6/5/01.

Travel Cost - $1,918.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,918.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 23, 2001 - September 24, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $1,583.34
Lodging Cost - $715.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,298.52

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cahners
Dates - July 15, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $197.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $197.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - annual meeting of the Profile in Courage Award Committee
Notes -

Travel Cost - $470.01
Lodging Cost - $394.71
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $864.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mississippi Poultry Association
Dates - September 21, 2001 - September 22, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Gulfport, MS

Purpose - Keynote speaker for annual meeting of the Mississippi Poultry Association
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,200.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,329.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation, British Petroleum, Business-Government Relations Council
Dates - October 19, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To address Business-Government Relations Council annual meeting
Notes - CSX Corp. paid for flight from DC to WV; British Petroleum paid for flight from WV to DC; Business-Government Relations Council paid for lodging

Travel Cost - $378.00
Lodging Cost - $596.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $974.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Crop Production Association
Dates - October 21, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - To address Southern Crop Production Association
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $198.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $198.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - May 5, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Attend awards ceremony
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $563.00
Lodging Cost - $489.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,052.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - March 3, 2002 - March 4, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - attend award committee meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $337.50
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $73.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $736.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Organization meeting
Notes - good faith estimate

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $371.09
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $371.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - March 7, 2004 - March 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Organization meeting
Notes - actual reimbursement was $881.70; the remaining expenses are good faith estimate"

Travel Cost - $1,276.20
Lodging Cost - $381.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,657.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wine Institute
Dates - July 9, 2005 - July 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sonoma, CA

Purpose - To conduct a fact-finding program on issues of importance to the wine industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,418.50
Lodging Cost - $275.00
Meal Cost - $155.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,848.92

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