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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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DORGAN, BYRON L, Democratic Party
North Dakota

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $17,736.45

Average cost per trip - $1,182.43
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 328 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. relations toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,352.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,832.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - panel participant
Notes - International Consumer Electronics Show. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $1,480.00
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,840.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - March 12, 2001 - March 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Address employees of Connell Company about current legislative events in Congress at company meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost - $318.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $993.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Denver
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - deliver commencement address
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,586.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,726.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - September 6, 2002 - September 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Bismarck, ND

Purpose - To participate in the 80 Megawatt Wind Project Dedication
Notes -

Travel Cost - $664.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $664.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - DLC Retreat
Notes - other expense not specified

Travel Cost - $485.35
Lodging Cost - $567.64
Meal Cost - $248.36
Other Cost - $110.28
Total Cost - $1,411.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Oshkosh Truck Corporation
Dates - November 24, 2003 - November 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Grand Forks, ND

Purpose - Senator's participation in the Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Roundtable in Grand Forks, ND
Notes - Grand Forks, ND - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,585.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,585.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bismarck, ND - Fargo, ND

Purpose - Senator's participation in Energy Legislative Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $345.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $345.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participate in the Consumer Electronics Show and meetings to discuss innovations in technology
Notes -

Travel Cost - $84.00
Lodging Cost - $304.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $388.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - September 16, 2002 - September 16, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Bismarck, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Fargo to Bismarck.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - November 6, 2002 - November 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bismarck, ND - Fargo, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Bismarck to Fargo.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Central Power Electric Cooperative
Dates - November 6, 2002 - November 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Minot, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Fargo to Minot.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Midwest Electric Consumers Association
Dates - December 10, 2002 - December 10, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Speaking engagement. Fargo, ND - Denver, CO - Washington, DC
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Cost was for air travel.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Comcast Corp
Dates - January 14, 2005 - January 17, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Tour Comcast Media Center to review advancements in video on demand technology and technology used to deliver digital cable to rural areas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,069.22
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,069.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Oshkosh Truck Corp
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Participate in the National Guard 957th Bridge Company Welcome Home Event
Notes - Bismarck, ND - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $882.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $882.00

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