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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

Michael Bilirakis


Total cost of 26 office trips: $62,820.31


Trips by Michael Bilirakis
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $32,959.31

Destination: ATLANTA
Sponsor: NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AND AWARD PRESENTATION FOR HIS LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF VETERANS
Date: Jul 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $332.11
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS REGARDING TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,810.07
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $4,386.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,781.60
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: PINELLAS COUNTY OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,521.90
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACTFINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,310.26
source

Destination: TAMPA-LAS VEGAS-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AS A MEMBER OF A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL.
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $5,963.10
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: American Hellenic Council of California
Purpose: AWARDS CEREMONY-SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,635.47
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,436.60
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,381.40
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Blinded Veterans Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AND AWARDS PRESENTATION
Date: Aug 16, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $400.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Michael Bilirakis

Jeremy Allen
Anne Elizabeth Esposito
Rebecca Hyder
Carrie Melvin
Erin Ockunzzi
Sarah Owen
Christy Stefadouros
Steven Tilton
Matthew Tuten



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

    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