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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

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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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Back to The Data

Office of

William Clay


Total cost of 16 office trips: $41,955.28


Trips by William Clay
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $25,398.03

Destination: ST. LOUIS-MIAMI-HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 3, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,367.00
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $658.81
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLA.
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: LUNCHEON SPEAKER, BREAKFAST SPEAKER, PANELIST AT HOUSING SUMMIT
Date: Mar 26, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,169.36
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Foundation for Women Legislators Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $488.59
source

Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO, SAO PAULO-BRASILIA SALVADOR
Sponsor: CITIGROUP; PHRMA; GENERAL MOTORS; GLAXOSMITHKLINE; PORT OF NEW ORLEANS; IGATE TECHNOLOGIES; ODEBRECHT; COCA-COLA; CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION; MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS OFFICIALS; CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $8,810.00
source

Destination: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,712.60
source

Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN, CINCINNATI, OH
Sponsor: United Auto Workers
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT-UAW REGION 3'S 4TH ANNUAL DIVERSITY DINNER & AWARDS CEREMONY
Date: Jan 15, 2005
Expense: $841.29
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POSTMASTERS
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT POSTMASTERS CONVENTION
Date: Jul 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,350.38
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of William Clay

Michelle Allen
Frank Davis
Harriet Grigsby
Robert Odom



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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  • 08.27.15

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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.
  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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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