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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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Office of

Jerry Costello


Total cost of 21 office trips: $45,681.65


Trips by Jerry Costello
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $16,456.40

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ONGOING COOPERATION BETWEEN U.S. AND CUBAN SCIENTISTS AND ABOUT SCIENTIFIC FIELDS IN WHICH CUBA IS PARTICULARLY ADVANCED
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,300.00
source

Destination: BELLEVILLE, FL TO JACKSON HOLE WYOMING
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING RAIL ISSUES
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,735.88
source

Destination: JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING TO BELLEVILLE, IL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING RAIL ISSUES
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,950.00
source

Destination: ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND THEIR IMPACT ON PUBLIC POLICY TODAY
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,826.00
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,360.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS-CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO-MEXICO CITY, MEXICO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON THE EFFECTS OF NAFTA ON ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,284.52
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jerry Costello

Christa Fornarotto
David Gillies
Heather Lepeska
Brian Lott
Maggie Quaranto
Rebecca Stegun
Sarah Wisner



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

    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

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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

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    "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