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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

Mike Simpson


Total cost of 27 office trips: $54,253.04


Trips by Mike Simpson
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $18,248.43

Destination: WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER IN QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $265.00
source

Destination: MEMPHIS-FT. LAUDERDALE-D.C.
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE-CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSN'S WASHINGTON OUTLOOK
Date: Mar 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,952.20
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Association of Orthodontists
Purpose: SPEAKING AT AAO LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $850.00
source

Destination: SELLAFIELD, ENGLAND
Sponsor: BNFL Nuclear Services Inc
Purpose: VISITING BRITISH NUCLEAR FUELS NUCLEAR FACILITIES IN SELLAFIELD, ENGLAND
Date: Aug 31, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,590.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE/CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: SPEAKING AT FUTURES INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,463.33
source

Destination: IDAHO FALLS, IF - DAYTONA, FL - WASH, D.C.
Sponsor: Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO PHYSICIANS DEDICATED TO RESEARCH AND FUNDING FOR EAR-NOSE-THROAT RELATED DISORDERS
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,580.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: EAR, NOSE, THROAT DOCTORS
Purpose: SPOKE TO DOCTORS REGARDING CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES INTL. HEALTH CARE FIELD AND ISSUES RELATED TO THE LABOR HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,547.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mike Simpson

Karl Anderson
Joshua Heird
Sharon Mcmurtrey
Megan Milam
John Revier
Rhonda Sarantis
Lindsay Slater



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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  • 08.27.15

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  • 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