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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

Dennis Cardoza


Total cost of 21 office trips: $47,015.42


Trips by Dennis Cardoza
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $32,045.89

Destination: MCCLOUD, CA TO SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: KLAMATH ALLIANCE FOR RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Jun 20, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,122.52
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO VIA NEW YORK TO ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,943.55
source

Destination: FRESNO-PALM SPRINGS-WASH, DC FRESNO-PALM SPRINGS-FRESNO
Sponsor: Annenberg Foundation and related organizations
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION ISSUES
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,523.95
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS AREA
Sponsor: Annenberg Foundation and related organizations
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION ISSUES
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,476.30
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE/AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT FOR DLC
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,939.18
source

Destination: JACKSONHOLE, WY
Sponsor: JONES MANAGEMENT LLC
Purpose: PAYDAY ADVANCE WITH COMMUNITY FINANCIAL SERVICES ASSOC. OF AMERICA
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,860.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO-PARIS-BRUSSELS-PARIS-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: TO ASSESS PROGRESS MADE ON THE 10-POINT, 10-YEAR ACTION PLAN IN THE TPN'S "STRATEGY TO STRENGTHEN TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP" AND TO SET TPN'S WORK PRIORITIES
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $13,265.13
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA-MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA-SELMA, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VOTING RIGHTS MARCH BY VISITING THE HISTORIC SITES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN ALABAMA
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA-CHICAGO (O'HARE AIRPORT)-WASHINGTON, DC (REAGAN AIRPORT)
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE INC./CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: FIRST-HAND LOOK AT THEIR EXCHANGES, SPEAK WITH THOSE WHO OPERATE IN THEIR MARKETS ON A DAILY BASIS, AND SEE A DEMONSTRATION OF THEIR RECENT INNOVATIONS
Date: Apr 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,324.85
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA-CHICAGO, IL-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association
Purpose: ATTEND THE ANNUAL UNITED PRODUCE TRADE SHOW IN CHICAGO, IL TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INDUSTRY AND HOW IT RELATES TO CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE
Date: May 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $665.41
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Dennis Cardoza

Anne Cannon
Gary Palmquist
Jennifer Walsh
Eric Wortman



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