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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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    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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  • 08.27.15

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Back to The Data

Office of

Janice Schakowsky


Total cost of 29 office trips: $79,620.28


Trips by Janice Schakowsky
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $59,326.86

Destination: HONDURAS
Sponsor: Care
Purpose: TO DELIVER CARE PACKAGES FROM CONGRESS
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,507.52
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Nevada State Democratic Party
Purpose: KEYNOTE STATE CONVENTION
Date: May 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,329.31
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FORUM FOR WOMAN
Date: Sep 25, 2000
Expense: $1,019.38
source

Destination: COLOMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,930.76
source

Destination: ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,170.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE AND PROGRESSIVE MAJORITY PAC
Purpose: SPEECH AND MEETINGS ON CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES & AGENDA
Date: Mar 31, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,814.27
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Nation Institute
Purpose: KEYNOTE ANNUAL DINNER
Date: Jun 18, 2001
Expense: $226.61
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Campaign for America's Future
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 20, 2001
Expense: $541.00
source

Destination: INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SPEECH
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $15,916.12
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Democratic Party of Oregon
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 9, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $644.04
source

Destination: HAITI
Sponsor: Robert F Kennedy Memorial
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,809.01
source

Destination: CHICAGO-ROME, ITALY-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,796.80
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,928.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO-FT. WORTH-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Jewish Congress
Purpose: AWARDS DINNER
Date: Oct 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,677.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO-LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union (IAM)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $343.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS-EL PASO, TX-MEXICO CITY, MEXICO-CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose: NAFTA TOUR
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,819.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,795.24
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL-NEWARK, NJ-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: NEW JERSEY CITIZEN ACTION
Purpose: MEETING AND SPEECH
Date: May 2, 2005
Expense: $1,059.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Janice Schakowsky

Nadeam Elshami
Cathy Hurwit
Cathy Huswit
Rameet Kohli
Jon Samuels



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