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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

Cliff Stearns


Total cost of 40 office trips: $81,122.58


Trips by Cliff Stearns
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $34,937.89

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE PRAYER, POLITICS & RECONCILIATION RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $777.50
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Jan 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,790.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: "IMDI CONGRESSIONAL VISITS TO SINGAPORE PROGRAM"
Date: Jan 20, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $5,221.30
source

Destination: COLOGNE & BONN, GERMANY; LIECHTENSTEIN
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE/IMDI CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO LIECHTENSTEIN
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,940.00
source

Destination: NAPA VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: WineAmerica
Purpose: TO INVESTIGATE REGULATORY ISSUES PERTAINING TO THE WINE INDUSTRY, INCLUDING INTERSTATE SHIPMENT, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, THE MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM, AND THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $7,000.54
source

Destination: HOLLYWOOD (FT. LAUDERDALE)
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT DINNER
Date: Oct 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $846.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-LAS VEGAS-PHOENIX
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON HIGH TECH ISSUES FOR THE 109TH CONGRESS AND TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER HIGH TECH MATTERS
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,228.95
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ-DETROIT, MI, WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CURRENT ISSUES FACING AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,770.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO-WASHINGTON-PARIS-STUTTGART-GAINESVILLE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TO LEARN ABOUT TRADE AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,363.60
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Cliff Stearns

Ali Amirhooshmand
Lana Breeden
Veronica Crowe
Nick Dietzer
David Hickey
James Hill
Kevin Holmgren
Matthew Mandel
Jack Seum
Lauren Smith
Joan Smutko



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

    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