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

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

Back to all reports


KING, STEVEN A, Republican Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $46,261.21

Average cost per trip - $5,782.65
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 136 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Australian Assn (AAA), Australian Govt
Dates - February 19, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Sydney, Australia

Purpose - Fact finding mission for agriculture and trade
Notes - 2/19 DC - Sydney, Australia 2/20 / Sydney, Australia 2/27 - DC 2/27 *Transportation expenses were the only expenses covered by AAA

Travel Cost - $25,852.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $25,852.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $226.80
Lodging Cost - $414.63
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,289.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Washington, DC - Cambridge, MD - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $127.50
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $534.36
Other Cost - $78.26
Total Cost - $1,040.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 23, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Des Moines - Tel Aviv - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $7,046.02
Lodging Cost - $1,292.00
Meal Cost - $931.50
Other Cost - $1,220.32
Total Cost - $10,489.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Assn
Dates - June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Educational, public policy
Notes - Des Moines - Chicago - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,164.09
Lodging Cost - $488.33
Meal Cost - $57.38
Other Cost - $309.33
Total Cost - $4,019.13

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Educational, public policy, 2003 Congressional Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - White Sulphur Springs, WV - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,063.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Meeting between Members of Congress and business community leaders on matters of public policy relating to business and the economy.
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $663.00
Lodging Cost - $707.88
Meal Cost - $215.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,585.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Eagle Forum
Dates - September 23, 2005 - September 25, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - St Louis, MO

Purpose - Public policy forum
Notes - Washington, DC - St Louis, MO - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $578.40
Lodging Cost - $212.36
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $920.76

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