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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

Jim Davis


Total cost of 30 office trips: $79,886.08


Trips by Jim Davis
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $29,121.71

Destination: HYDE PARK/POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: 2-DAY POLICY RETREAT
Date: May 21, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $571.09
source

Destination: MIDDLE EAST - LEBANON, ISRAEL, KUWAIT
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $9,270.82
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: POLICY MEETINGS
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $656.29
source

Destination: MIDDLE EAST-SYRIA, LEBANON, EGYPT, OMAN, QATAR, SAUDIA ARABIA, ISRAEL, PA
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: CONGRESS AND DELEGATION FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 10, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $10,281.35
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Inter-American Dialogue
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 27, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,640.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP-TO SEE FIRST HAND STARBUCKS CORP AND MICROSOFT HEADQUARTERS IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,970.16
source

Destination: LEXINGTON, VA DCA/PITTSBURG/ROANOKE/CHARLOTTE/TAMPA
Sponsor: Washington and Lee University
Purpose: WASHINGTON & LEE MOCK CONVENTION
Date: Jan 28, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,343.00
source

Destination: DULLES, VA-AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO DISCUSS AND DEBATE POLICY ISSUES BEFORE THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,389.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Davis

Tricia Barrentine
Suzanne Farmer
Tracy Nagelbush
J J Piskadlo



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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    "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