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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

Rahm Emanuel


Total cost of 23 office trips: $40,148.49


Trips by Rahm Emanuel
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $17,992.58

Destination: WASHINGTON DULLES
Sponsor: National-Louis University
Purpose: DELIVERY OF COMMENCEMENT SPEECH
Date: Jun 7, 2003
Expense: $426.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, O'HARE-NEW YORK, LA GUARDIA
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: VISIT TO NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE AND RINGING OF BELL AT THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Date: Sep 14, 2003
Expense: $1,111.78
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE, CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, AND THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: VISIT TO THE CHICAGO BOARD CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE, CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Date: Oct 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $550.86
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: FUTURE'S INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE, "WASHINGTON OUTLOOK PANEL"
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $3,212.46
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: FUTURE'S INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE. "WASHINGTON OUTLOOK PANEL"
Date: Mar 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $3,212.46
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER"
Date: Aug 13, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,194.89
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: JEAN-JAURES FOUNDATION
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN A PUBLICATION AND SEMINAR HOSTED BY THE JEAN-JAURES FOUNDATION
Date: Oct 19, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $6,014.22
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: PROGRAM FOR NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS ON CONGRESS
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,269.91
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Rahm Emanuel

John Borovicka
Robert Getzoff
Jonathan Hoganson
Luis Jimenez
Elizabeth Smith
Pete Spiro



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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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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    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