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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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Office of

Judy Biggert


Total cost of 26 office trips: $60,169.65


Trips by Judy Biggert
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $23,135.52

Destination: EDUCATION REFORM CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,470.00
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: FUND-RAISING FOR THE GOP MAIN STREET PARTNERSHIP
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,890.00
source

Destination: DEPART OHARE 10-16 AM ARRIVE GREENSBORO-DEPART ARRIVE DC 10-16 PM
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR EDUCATION OF HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Purpose: TO ADDRESS NAEHCY NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 16, 2000
Expense: $476.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: OHARE, NEW ORLEANS, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $976.08
source

Destination: LA, CA
Sponsor: MAINSTREET REPUBLICAN PARTNERSHIP
Purpose:
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $3,115.26
source

Destination: JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON ED REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,735.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-MIAMI, CHICAGO, FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: A SUMMIT TO AUGMENT THE RELATIONSHIPS AND CONCERNS BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,270.78
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Judy Biggert

Nicole Austin
Jim Brown
Paul Doucette
Danielle English
Mike Gerber
Cameron Gilreath
Kathleen Lydon
Hallie Masanchick
Jaimie Vickery



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