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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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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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SOLIS, HILDA, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $18,468.54

Average cost per trip - $1,319.18
Total number of days spent traveling - 48 days
Rank of representative - 320 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Laborers' International Union of North America
Dates - January 29, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Key note speaker at regional conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $414.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $434.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $310.50
Lodging Cost - $85.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $395.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - William C. Velasquez Institute
Dates - April 11, 2001 - April 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Not specified

Travel Cost - $802.50
Lodging Cost - $362.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,214.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - location and purpose of this trip were not specified on the disclosure. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $738.69
Lodging Cost - $509.85
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,488.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - January 2, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - educational exchange/fact-finding
Notes - other expenses include airport tax

Travel Cost - $1,523.00
Lodging Cost - $869.00
Meal Cost - $172.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $2,584.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - May 5, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - participated in conference
Notes - other expenses are for car service

Travel Cost - $195.00
Lodging Cost - $1,037.16
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $644.00
Total Cost - $1,976.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Salvadorean-American National Network, Inter-American Foundation
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - El Salvador - Nicaragua

Purpose - educational exchange/fact-finding
Notes - other expenses are for "airport assistance"

Travel Cost - $847.00
Lodging Cost - $146.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost - $26.00
Total Cost - $1,039.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Latin America Working Group - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - October 10, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - El Paso, TX

Purpose - Fact-finding mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $773.85
Lodging Cost - $294.53
Meal Cost - $212.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,280.38

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - January 22, 2003 - January 24, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Educational/Fact finding, Puerto Rico
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,020.00
Lodging Cost - $390.00
Meal Cost - $149.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,559.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Participate in conference on education reform
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Cancun, Mexico - Los Angeles, CA

Travel Cost - $1,216.90
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $4,076.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation
Dates - July 9, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami - Washington, DC Any time not at sponsor's expense: 2 Days This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Drum Major Institute
Dates - June 25, 2005 - June 27, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaker at Public Policy Series
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC Personal expenses: 6-25-05

Travel Cost - $283.90
Lodging Cost - $206.44
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $490.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Amnesty Int'l
Dates - July 2, 2005 - July 2, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - To speak regarding legislation introduced by her on Ciudad Juarez
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - San Diego - Los Angeles, CA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $470.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $470.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, Service Employee Int'l Union, America's Health Insurance Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield Assn, Aetna, Well Point, United Health Group
Dates - July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose -
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $722.66
Lodging Cost - $459.30
Meal Cost - $223.70
Other Cost - $53.16
Total Cost - $1,458.82

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