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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

John Shimkus


Total cost of 71 office trips: $127,470.26


Trips by John Shimkus
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $35,868.38

Destination: LAS VEGAS TO VAIL TO ST. LOUIS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND THE 2000 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 5, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,849.47
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: 2001 BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,572.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS TO YUCCA MOUNTAIN, NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR YUCCA MOUNTAIN-PROPOSED NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE SITE
Date: Mar 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,707.50
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND NCTA'S ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jun 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,031.53
source

Destination: BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: US Asia Foundation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP AND TO BUILD A ONE ROOM COMPUTER SCHOOL
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $19,301.46
source

Destination: SAINT LOUIS TO SEWARD, NEBRASKA TO SAINT LOUIS
Sponsor: Concordia University
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $316.42
source

Destination: CHICAGO-ISRAEL-CHICAGO
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose:
Date: Jul 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $10,090.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Shimkus

Courtney Anderson
Daniel Blankenburg
Kelly Childress
Rodney Davis
Ray Fitzgerald
Greta Hanson
Bill Olson
Craig Roberts
Charles Tracy
Michelle Yahng
Maureen Zilly



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

    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