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

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

Back to The Data

Office of

Dave Weldon


Total cost of 28 office trips: $38,799.22


Trips by Dave Weldon
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $12,637.65

Destination: LEGISLATIVE DISCUSSIONS, BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: House Republican Study Committee
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $387.00
source

Destination: SPEECH ON MEDICAL ISSUES PENDING LEGISLATION
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAK TO BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONF.
Date: Jan 11, 2001
Expense: $2,003.45
source

Destination: SCHEDULED MEETINGS & DISCUSSIONS BY CONGRESSIONAL INSTITUTE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,034.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DULLES TO PORTLAND, OREGON
Sponsor: Canyonville Christian Academy
Purpose: INVITATION TO SPEAK AT SEMINAR ON GOV'T AT DAUGHTER'S BOARDING SCHOOL
Date: Feb 28, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,293.93
source

Destination: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATION ON CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $790.00
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF ISSUES/AGENDA
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: AUSTRIA, TX
Sponsor: TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS OF THE TEXAS LEGISLATOR
Date: Apr 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $453.95
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Autism One
Purpose: SPEECH AT CONVENTION
Date: May 28, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $655.20
source

Destination: ARIZONA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CONGRESS CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,071.00
source

Destination: DC-BALTIMORE-ORLANDO
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,033.12
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: THE MONTEL WILLIAMS SHOW
Purpose: PURPOSE WAS TO DISCUSS THE AUTISM HEALTH ISSUE, WHICH CONGRESSMAN WELDON HAS INTRODUCED LEGISLATION ON
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $943.10
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIP WAS TO APPEAR ON "THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS"
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $587.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Dave Weldon

W Burns
David Christensen
Erin Coyle
Brendan Curry
Dana Gartzke
Jaillene Honter
Eric Keber



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