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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

Charles Norwood


Total cost of 15 office trips: $33,362.65


Trips by Charles Norwood
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $25,943.06

Destination:
Sponsor: TENNESSEE DENTAL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO ADDRESS THEIR MEMBERS
Date: May 18, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $933.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLA.
Sponsor: Georgia Dental Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,294.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: University of North Carolina
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 20, 2001
Expense: $1,406.22
source

Destination: DENVER, CO TO AUGUSTA, GA
Sponsor: American Dental Association
Purpose:
Date: Aug 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $5,060.12
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Reliant Energy Inc
Purpose: BREAKFAST BREIFING AND HUNTING EXCURSION
Date: Dec 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $855.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Brown University
Purpose: SPEAKING EVENT
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,595.50
source

Destination: CONVENTION ACTIVITIES
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND CABLE 2002 CONVENTION/PARTICIPATE-SPEAK AT PUBLIC POLICY LUNCL
Date: May 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,750.19
source

Destination: PLENARY SPEAKER
Sponsor: AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION/AMERICAN THORACIC SOCIETY NATIONAL MEETING
Purpose: SERVE AS PLENARY SPEAKER
Date: May 18, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,671.00
source

Destination: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,516.74
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: American Dental Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ADA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,436.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-PROVIDENCE, RI-ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: RIMS CONFERENCE-KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,424.39
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charles Norwood

Jennie Derge
Greg Louer
Lemuel Smith
Rodney Whitlock



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 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

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    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