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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Neil Abercrombie


Total cost of 25 office trips: $36,015.13


Trips by Neil Abercrombie
Total cost of congressperson's 21 trips: $32,099.85

Destination: KAHULUI, MAUI, HAWAII
Sponsor: Gary O Galiher Esq
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 29, 2000
Expense: $122.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: National Association of Letter Carriers
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $119.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Glass Molders Pottery Plastics and Allied Workers International Union
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,218.92
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $491.74
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union (IAM)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 10, 2000
Expense: $1,145.71
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Graphics Communications International Union
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $671.29
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,724.15
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: ROONEY GROUP INTERNATIONAL
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 3, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,781.99
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Office & Professional Employees International Union
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,226.00
source

Destination: WINNIPEG
Sponsor: United Transportation Union
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,444.68
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union (IAM)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 27, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,941.00
source

Destination: DC-MYRTLE BEACH
Sponsor: PROFESSIONAL AIRWAYS SYSTEM SPECIALISTS
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 6, 2001
Expense: $372.31
source

Destination: MYRTLE BEACH/MIAMI/DC
Sponsor: United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $559.85
source

Destination: MOLINE
Sponsor: QUAD CITY FEDERATION OF LABOR
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Dec 14, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $383.00
source

Destination: ORANGE CO. CA
Sponsor: National Association of Letter Carriers
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $459.50
source

Destination: TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Communications Workers of America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,144.47
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $688.07
source

Destination: HONOLULU-DENVER
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,415.96
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Plasterers' and Cement Masons' Union
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $3,923.61
source

Destination: FARGO, ND
Sponsor: American Crystal Sugar Co
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,064.60
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Neil Abercrombie

Amy Asselbaye
Cathy Mangino
Michael Velasquez
Thomas Wanley



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