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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 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.
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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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  • 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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CORNYN, JOHN, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $73,859.22

Average cost per trip - $4,103.29
Total number of days spent traveling - 39 days
Rank of representative - 64 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Dallas Prayer Breakfast
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $89.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $89.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bo Pilgrim, Pilgrims Pride
Dates - November 20, 2003 - November 20, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speaking engagement at Dallas Baptist University
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,446.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,446.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Jewish Coalition
Dates - January 31, 2003 - February 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speaker at annual RJC conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,200.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Toyota Corporation
Dates - February 10, 2003 - February 10, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - speaker at announcement ceremony for new Toyota manufacturing plant in San Antonio
Notes - good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $2,966.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,966.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washingtons Birthday Celebration Association
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Laredo, TX

Purpose - keynote speaker at International Bridge Ceremony
Notes - good faith estimate

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $139.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $139.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Roundtable
Dates - May 1, 2003 - May 2, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - attended the Business Roundtable's Congress and The Economy program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $989.00
Lodging Cost - $707.88
Meal Cost - $215.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,911.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jerusalem Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orange County, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - good faith estimate. McAllen, TX - Orange County, CA

Travel Cost - $2,216.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,236.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 6, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India

Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $12,861.42
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $357.47
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,818.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Texas Review of Law and Politics
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Speak to Texas Review of Law and Politics
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $920.00
Meal Cost - $292.07
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,212.07

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Larry Benson, LP Investments
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 2, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Portrait hanging at St. Mary's Law School and speak at Center for Terrorism Opening
Notes - Washington, DC - San Antonio

Travel Cost - $756.69
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $756.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Patrick Kennedy, Jr.
Dates - May 15, 2004 - May 15, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Speak at the Trinity University Commencement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute on Congress and American History
Dates - June 13, 2004 - June 13, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - Speak to the Institute on Congress and American History
Notes - other expense not specified

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $99.34
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $209.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stanford Financial Group
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Antigua and Barbuda

Purpose - Financial services industry fact-finding mission hosted by constituent company with substantial operations on site
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,157.00
Lodging Cost - $2,844.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $180.00
Total Cost - $7,441.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Texas Assn of Broadcasters
Dates - August 12, 2004 - August 12, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - Speak to the Texas Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
Dates - October 23, 2004 - October 24, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Give remarks to the AIPAC Senate Club (part of the AIPAC National Summit)
Notes -

Travel Cost - $587.46
Lodging Cost - $155.94
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $743.40
Total Cost - $1,486.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce - Borderfest Border Texan of the Year Committee
Dates - March 1, 2005 - March 2, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hidalgo, TX

Purpose - Receive 2005 Border Texan of the Year Award and speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $22,000.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $22,000.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

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

Travel Cost - $2,586.15
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,748.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

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

Travel Cost - $2,786.15
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,748.15

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