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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

E. Clay Shaw


Total cost of 37 office trips: $64,509.60


Trips by E. Clay Shaw
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $26,084.14

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV AND CAREFREE, AZ
Sponsor: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSOC. & LARGE PUBLIC POWER COUNCIL
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION RE: TAX
Date: Jan 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Destination: TZANEEN, SO. AFRICA-JOHANNESBURG-NAMIBIA
Sponsor: WILD Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO INCLUDE ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCE PRIORITIES AND FOREIGN POLICY
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND TO SPEAK ON TRADE IMPLICATIONS OF SOCIAL POLICY PENSION REFORM
Date: Nov 24, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $5,895.60
source

Destination: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Center for Strategic and International Studies
Purpose: HEAD AMERICAN DELEGATION TO THE COMMISSION ON GLOBAL AGING'S 2ND PLENARY MEETING
Date: Jan 22, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $0.00
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Destination: GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,454.00
source

Destination: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: MEETING OF BUSINESS & GOVERNMENT LEADERS TO DISCUSS PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES THAT AFFECT RELATIONS BETWEEN U.S. AND SCOTLAND
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $5,105.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE/CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOC.'S CONFERENCE - "WASHINGTON OUTLOOK"
Date: Mar 16, 2002
Expense: $510.82
source

Destination: MALAGA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: DISCUSS TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS AND PROMOTE TRANSATLANTIC PARTNER THROUGH MEMBER (OF CONGRESS) TO MEMBER (OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT) DIALOGUE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: CONFERENCE TO SHARE IDEAS
Date: Jun 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,709.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SHANNON, IRELAND TO LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Century Business Services Inc
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL TRADE SYMPOSIUM
Date: Aug 3, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $5,464.84
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND TO FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TO MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES THAT AFFECT RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND GREAT BRITIAN
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,944.88
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: Clark Consulting
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT 2003 CLIENT RETREAT - RE: WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE BUSINESS
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $0.00
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Destination: CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMEN'S FOUNDATION CAUCUS LEADERSHIP MEETING
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose: TO BRING LEADERS FROM OUTDOOR INDUSTRY & CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS TOGETHER TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING AMERICA'S SPORTING TRADITIONS.
Date: Mar 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $0.00
source

Destination: TANZANIA
Sponsor: AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
Purpose: STUDY OF CONSERVATION IN TAU
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $0.00
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Congressional staff traveling under the office of E. Clay Shaw

Bob Castro
Chad Davis
Eric Eikenberg
Tanner Gilreath
Michael Harrington
Christine Pollack
Michael Sewell



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