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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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JEFFORDS, JAMES M, Independent Party
Vermont

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $43,623.78

Average cost per trip - $2,908.25
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 149 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Educational Finance Group
Dates - February 4, 2000 - February 6, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker on higher education lending issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $836.50
Lodging Cost - $246.00
Meal Cost - $18.53
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,101.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - conference on education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,081.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,214.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - To participate in conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,485.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,765.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Western Milk Producers
Dates - June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lake Tahoe, NV

Purpose - attend dairy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $139.00
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $204.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Globe USA
Dates - July 13, 2001 - July 14, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Conference on clean technologies and alternative energy as ways of reducing gas emissions and addressing global climate change
Notes - amount includes lodging and meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $325.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Long Beach Education Partnership Seamless Education
Dates - June 21, 2001 - June 24, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Long Beach, CA

Purpose - To attend conference on education
Notes - Indicates amounts are estimates.

Travel Cost - $2,112.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,202.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harlem Business Alliance
Dates - December 6, 2002 - December 8, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Attend and speak at "Profiles in Courage" Awards
Notes -

Travel Cost - $234.00
Lodging Cost - $1,100.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,334.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, Inc.
Dates - February 21, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,302.00
Lodging Cost - $1,012.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,354.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transportation Research Board
Dates - October 27, 2002 - October 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech to transportation group
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,204.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,204.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Society for Ethical Culture in the City of New York
Dates - March 8, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speaker at annual awards ceremony
Notes -

Travel Cost - $333.00
Lodging Cost - $274.67
Meal Cost - $73.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $681.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc.
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To attend/speak at annual meeting and conference
Notes - Mrs. Jeffords accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $381.21
Meal Cost - $475.07
Other Cost - $39.00
Total Cost - $895.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Attend JFK School of Government/The Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Mrs. Jeffords accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,425.50
Lodging Cost - $881.40
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $3,382.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Mrs. Jeffords accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,925.50
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $1,968.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,168.50

Additional family members - Yes


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 -

Travel Cost - $1,721.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,341.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Int'l Policy
Dates - April 29, 2005 - May 4, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - To encourage greater trade with the State of Vermont and to investigate the current political and economic status of Cuba
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,050.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $2,450.00

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