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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.

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  • 08.27.15

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    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

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    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

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  • 08.27.15

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    "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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JOHNSON, TIM, Democratic Party
South Dakota

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $39,724.06

Average cost per trip - $3,972.41
Total number of days spent traveling - 48 days
Rank of representative - 165 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - to participate in the Aspen Institute's congressional program
Notes - Wife Barbara accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,888.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,348.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Coastal Corporation
Dates - January 18, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Pakistan

Purpose - visiting American-owned businesses operating in Pakistan and meeting with Pakistani officials to discuss issues of mutual concern to Pakistan and the United States
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,300.00
Lodging Cost - $580.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,030.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
Dates - January 30, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - to deliver a speech before the national association of pharmaceutical manufacturers and to attend its annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,400.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $1,950.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 13, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Montreal, Canada

Purpose - To speak at the annual convention of the Association of Trial Lawyers
Notes - wife Barbara accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,400.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,400.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Speaking engagement for the Connell Company's seminar series on the 108th Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost - $550.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $570.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Mrs. Barbara Johnson accompanied. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $3,678.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $6,928.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes - Mrs. Barbara Johnson accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,858.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,333.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Radiology Mammography International
Dates - September 9, 2001 - September 17, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China

Purpose - Breast cancer awareness mission which included providing free mammograms and meeting with doctors to discuss the importance of early cancer detection.
Notes - Spouse accompanied - or trip may have been just spouse. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not given, but included roundtrip air travel and lodging. Washington, DC - Beijing, China

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Natl Rural Letter Carriers
Dates - August 2, 2004 - August 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speaking engagement before the National Rural Letter Carriers Association
Notes -

Travel Cost - $583.70
Lodging Cost - $148.16
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $771.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,388.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,393.20

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