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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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Office of

Jeff Flake


Total cost of 26 office trips: $45,036.67


Trips by Jeff Flake
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $27,996.20

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: 2001 BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,832.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $11,584.20
source

Destination: GOVERNMENT MEETINGS
Sponsor: Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,520.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NAPLES, FL-PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Cato Institute
Purpose: ANNUAL BENEFACTOR SUMMIT, PARTICIPATED AS A SPEAKER
Date: Feb 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,425.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING, MEETINGS
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,558.02
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NAPA VALLEY, CA-PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Citizens for a Sound Economy
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,421.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLUB FOR GROWTH CONFERENCE EVENT
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,729.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C.-CHICAGO-PHOENIX
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT HERITAGE LUNCHEON
Date: Apr 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $642.85
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C. TO BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $519.55
source

Destination: DC-FORT MEYERS, FL-PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: TO TAKE PART IN A PANEL FOR A CLUB FOR GROWTH CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,406.60
source

Destination: PHOENIX-MIAMI-CUBA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 20, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,121.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX TO FLAGSTAFF, AZ
Sponsor: Arizona Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL RE: IMMIGRATION AT THE ARIZONA ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $236.98
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jeff Flake

Mary Baumbach
Margaret Edmunds
James Gibadlo
Susan Kachounoff
Margaret Klessig
Breana Teubner
Steve Voeller
Lance Walker



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