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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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SHIMKUS, JOHN M, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $35,694.07

Average cost per trip - $5,099.15
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 181 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 11, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Vail, CO

Purpose - Attend the 2000 International Consumer Electronics show
Notes - took wife, Karen, and sons, David, Joshua and Daniel; meals and other expenses included in lodging

Travel Cost - $812.00
Lodging Cost - $1,037.47
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,849.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - March 25, 2001 - March 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV

Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,357.00
Lodging Cost - $190.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,707.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Daniel Shimkus and children Daniel, Joshua and David accompanied. Meals included in lodging costs.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $1,320.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,572.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Attend NCTA's annual convention
Notes - Children David and Joshua Shimkus accompanied but member paid their expenses personally.

Travel Cost - $405.93
Lodging Cost - $524.33
Meal Cost - $101.27
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,031.53

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States-Asia Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China

Purpose - Fact-finding trip and to build a one room computer school
Notes - Karen Shimkus spouse-other cost is amenities

Travel Cost - $18,275.65
Lodging Cost - $798.94
Meal Cost - $117.11
Other Cost - $9.95
Total Cost - $19,201.65

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Concordia Univ
Dates - May 6, 2005 - May 7, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Seward, NE

Purpose - Commencement speaker
Notes - St Louis - Seward, NE - St Louis

Travel Cost - $93.90
Lodging Cost - $118.91
Meal Cost - $10.22
Other Cost - $93.39
Total Cost - $316.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Federation of Chicago/Springfield, IL
Dates - July 7, 2005 - July 15, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - not specified
Notes - St Louis - Chicago - Israel - Chicago - St Louis Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,380.00
Lodging Cost - $936.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,016.00

Additional family members - Yes

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