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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

    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

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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ALEXANDER, LAMAR, Republican Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $19,792.15

Average cost per trip - $1,799.29
Total number of days spent traveling - 27 days
Rank of representative - 304 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 13, 2003 - January 13, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Heritage Foundation New Members Orientation
Notes - Costs are actual reimbursement, this is a 2003 form and was signed in 2003, although in 2004 stack

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $225.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $225.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University
Dates - April 30, 2004 - May 1, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Participate in annual dean's conference, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Notes - Costs are good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $715.70
Lodging Cost - $278.95
Meal Cost - $134.74
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,129.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cistercian Preparatory School
Dates - May 15, 2004 - May 16, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Commencement address
Notes - Costs are actual reimbursement

Travel Cost - $2,758.38
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,758.38

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Newsweek Productions, Inc.
Dates - December 12, 2001 - December 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form - so actual costs not listed. Costs are 'Amtrak Train Fee from Boston to New York, lodging, car service and airfare from New York to Nashville.'

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University
Dates - January 1, 2002 - January 1, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Various travel expenses necessary while professor.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure Form - so actual costs not listed. Costs are for various travel expenses January 2002 through May 2002.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - George Bush Presidential Library Foundation
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 24, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure Form - so actual costs not listed. Cost is for "Airfare from Boston to Houston and car service".

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University
Dates - August 1, 2001 - August 1, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Various travel expenses necessary while professor.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form - so actual costs not listed. Costs are for travel expenses August 2001 through December 2001.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Congressional conference on education reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,523.00
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,843.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for School Choice
Dates - August 5, 2004 - August 8, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,998.00
Lodging Cost - $538.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,536.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To attend congressional conference on US-Russia-Europe: A Cooperative Effort
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,324.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,329.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Univ of Virginia
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 4, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Charlottesville, VA

Purpose - Speaker at education conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $970.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $970.40

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