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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.

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REYES, SILVESTRE, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $15,911.33

Average cost per trip - $1,988.92
Total number of days spent traveling - 23 days
Rank of representative - 349 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Destination not specified - accompanied by spouse Carolina Reyes - other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $7,200.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $8,550.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - League of United Latin American Citizens
Dates - June 4, 2001 - June 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - to deliver a speech during 72nd Annual Convention
Notes - America West voucher valued at 600 0 cost to LULAC; lodging valued at 59/night, 0 cost to LULAC

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
Dates - June 22, 2001 - June 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX - El Paso, TX

Purpose - to deliver a speech at the Latino Vote 2001 banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.25
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $972.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - to attend the 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - lodging includes meals; spouse: Cablina Reyes

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - fact finding and educational
Notes - under trans costs, written 609.19+60=669.19 for member and spouse. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $1,338.38
Lodging Cost - $679.80
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,498.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industrial Council
Dates - January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - fact-finding and educational
Notes - Ground transport $175 included in transportation cost.

Travel Cost - $1,577.50
Lodging Cost - $506.00
Meal Cost - $255.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,338.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - October 11, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Purpose - to learn about unresolved murders of girls and women in Ciudad Juarez, which borders with El Paso, TX.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $60.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $212.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $272.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Air Force Sergeants Assn
Dates - August 2, 2005 - August 2, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - To speak at Air Force Sergeants Association where he was awarded AFSA's Mendel Rivers Award of Legislative Excellence
Notes - El Paso - Dallas - El Paso

Travel Cost - $330.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $330.40

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