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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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WARNER, JOHN WILLIAM, Republican Party
Virginia

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $8,295.70

Average cost per trip - $754.15
Total number of days spent traveling - 17 days
Rank of representative - 453 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - College of William and Mary
Dates - May 14, 2000 - May 15, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Williamsburg, VA

Purpose - speak at commencement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Dates - May 12, 2000 - May 13, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Blacksburg, VA

Purpose - speak at commencement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $651.00
Lodging Cost - $156.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $857.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mosbacher Energy Companies, TMPower Ventures
Dates - August 14, 2000 - August 14, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Church, VA

Purpose - keynote speaker and dedicate Commonwealth Chesapeake Power Station
Notes -

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $700.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To participate and be keynote speaker for the Annual business Government Relations Council meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,900.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Dates - November 11, 2001 - November 12, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Williamsburg, VA

Purpose - Veterans Day speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $574.88
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $574.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Norfolk Sports Club
Dates - April 6, 2002 - April 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Norfolk, VA

Purpose - keynote address for sports club annual jamboree -- Va. Outstanding collegiate coach
Notes - one-way travel provided because no commercial flight available. Norfolk, VA -- Washington, DC

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Town of Smithfield, Virginia
Dates - September 28, 2002 - September 28, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Smithfield, VA

Purpose - Airplane provided by the Town of Smithfield to participate in their 250th Birthday (official at parade and remarks)
Notes - Smithfield, VA - Winchester, VA

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Independent College Foundation
Dates - July 12, 2002 - July 12, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - to deliver keynote speech to the Va. Independent College Foundation "Evening of Excellence" and receive award
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Plaza Hotel
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Accepting an award from the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $225.00
Meal Cost - $201.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Emory and Henry College
Dates - May 14, 2004 - May 15, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Emory, VA

Purpose - To deliver commencement address
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $170.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $170.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin Corp
Dates - April 11, 2005 - April 11, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Suffolk, VA

Purpose - Tour new facility
Notes -

Travel Cost - $216.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $216.90

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