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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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BROWNBACK, SAM, Republican Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $26,645.42

Average cost per trip - $1,665.34
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 245 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Ave Marie
Dates - September 27, 2002 - September 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ann Arbor, MI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $105.84
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $155.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ave Marie
Dates - October 15, 2002 - October 15, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Milwaukee, WI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,094.15
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,144.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Awakening
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 6, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - Keynote Speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $512.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $862.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Right to Life of Louisville, KY
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Louisville, KY

Purpose - Guest speaker at gala banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $969.50
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,094.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Participation in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $65.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $498.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ave Maria School of Law
Dates - May 18, 2003 - May 18, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Ann Arbor, MI

Purpose - Commencement address
Notes - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $7,192.73
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $170.00
Total Cost - $7,362.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Archdiocese of Denver
Dates - April 23, 2004 - April 24, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Deliver first annual Robert Casey lecture on Faith & Public Life
Notes -

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 4, 2003 - August 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Participation in conference
Notes - Filed in end of year financial disclosure so actual costs not listed. Costs are for lodging and food.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ACLJ
Dates - March 12, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Topeka, KS - San Antonio, TX

Travel Cost - $10,074.80
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,074.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Regent Univ
Dates - March 12, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $933.71
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $933.71

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pro Life Defense Fund
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 16, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA - Manchester, MA

Purpose - Received an award
Notes - Boston and Manchester, Massachusetts

Travel Cost - $572.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $642.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Republican Party
Dates - May 3, 2005 - May 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Grand Rapids, MI - Grand Rapids, MI

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - [Amended to change sponsor to Michigan Rep Party]

Travel Cost - $1,704.58
Lodging Cost - $596.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,301.13

Additional family members -


Sponsor(s) - Midland Young Republicans
Dates - February 16, 2004 - February 16, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Midland, TX

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Kansas City, MO - Midland, TX This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Dates - February 29, 2004 - February 29, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Kansas City, MO - West Palm Beach, FL This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Empower America
Dates - May 17, 2004 - May 17, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Topeka, KS

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Share charter flight from Lawrence, KS to Washington, DC after speaking engagement in Topeka, KS May 17, 2004 This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members -


Sponsor(s) - Center for Moral Clarity
Dates - October 13, 2005 - October 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, OH

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $620.90
Lodging Cost - $654.76
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,275.66

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