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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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    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.
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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

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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NICKLES, DONALD LEE, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $93,878.70

Average cost per trip - $5,215.48
Total number of days spent traveling - 69 days
Rank of representative - 40 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Wine Spirits Wholesalers Association
Dates - January 11, 2000 - January 14, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes - Wife, Linda accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,796.60
Lodging Cost - $1,144.80
Meal Cost - $590.58
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,531.98

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes - Wife, Linda accompanied.

Travel Cost - $6,300.00
Lodging Cost - $4,900.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,200.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Beer Institute
Dates - November 19, 2000 - November 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $882.33
Lodging Cost - $308.58
Meal Cost - $195.63
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,386.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electric Power Supply Association
Dates - January 28, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,265.00
Lodging Cost - $292.05
Meal Cost - $95.62
Other Cost - $125.00
Total Cost - $3,777.67

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Manufacturers
Dates - February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,985.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,470.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lincoln Club of Northern California
Dates - April 28, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,200.00
Lodging Cost - $512.25
Meal Cost - $162.82
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,875.07

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - speech/participate in 2001 transatlantic conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,249.66
Lodging Cost - $2,801.50
Meal Cost - $1,136.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,187.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Chamber of Commerce
Dates - December 10, 2001 - December 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $660.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $970.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Augusta, GA

Purpose - Participate in the Augusta Public Policy Conference
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,395.50
Lodging Cost - $410.88
Meal Cost - $296.98
Other Cost - $543.20
Total Cost - $2,646.56

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 24, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Greenbrier

Travel Cost - $141.88
Lodging Cost - $581.66
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $723.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,060.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $490.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,900.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services Inc
Dates - August 6, 2003 - August 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Ireland

Purpose - congressional seminar
Notes - [Amended to change sponsor from Kesseler & Associates]

Travel Cost - $6,740.05
Lodging Cost - $805.00
Meal Cost - $328.90
Other Cost - $101.20
Total Cost - $7,975.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,734.08
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,208.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clark Consulting
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speech at Clark Bardes Federal Policy Group
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,474.98
Lodging Cost - $673.62
Meal Cost - $281.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $2,579.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Congressional Seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,987.80
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,647.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 29, 2004 - June 1, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,915.80
Lodging Cost - $1,094.67
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,010.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute
Dates - June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - Congressional issues forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,070.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $642.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,082.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Actuaries
Dates - October 17, 2004 - October 21, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - HI

Purpose - Seminar and conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,403.95
Lodging Cost - $4,522.12
Meal Cost - $401.99
Other Cost - $378.74
Total Cost - $9,706.80

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