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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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Office of

Richard Lugar


Total cost of 36 office trips: $173,935.80


Trips by Richard Lugar
Total cost of congressperson's 28 trips: $150,959.56

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM, "EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO ACCELERATE EDUCATION REFORM."
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,336.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Stanford University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFERENCE DISCUSSIONS AT THE ASIA-PACIFIC ROUNDTABLE
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,395.54
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN, GRAND CAYMAN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $6,273.20
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Stanford University
Purpose: SENATOR GAVE A KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND PARTICIPATED IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC ROUNDTABLE ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON US-ASIAN RELATIONS
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,332.72
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,097.75
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON UNITED STATES-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $6,946.80
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,036.20
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $5,253.59
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 15, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $7,134.60
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM, "U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS"
Date: Nov 21, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $7,478.96
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $6,751.50
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,512.20
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $7,024.80
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,422.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $8,253.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $5,746.90
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR LUGAR WAS A PARTICIPANT IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,336.11
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR LUGAR WAS A PARTICIPANT IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $7,719.60
source

Destination: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $6,473.30
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,209.70
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: TO RECEIVE THE AMERICAN ASSEMBLY'S SERVICE TO DEMOCRACY AWARD
Date: Sep 27, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $937.54
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Council for the US & Italy
Purpose: THE COUNCIL FOR THE U.S. AND ITALY INVITED SENATOR LUGAR TO NEW YORK TO GIVE A SPEECH DURING THE OPENING DINNER OF THEIR BIENNIAL CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK ON DECEMBER 2, 2004
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,376.71
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: Dallas Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: SENATOR LUGAR GAVE A SPEECH TO THE DALLAS COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS ON JANUARY 5, 2005
Date: Jan 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,556.70
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,167.68
source

Destination: VERO BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Riverside Theatre
Purpose: TO GIVE TWO SPEECHES TO THE DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES OF VERO BEACH, FLORIDA
Date: Jan 17, 2005
Expense: $4,744.36
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,341.80
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Forum Club of Southwest Florida
Purpose: SENATOR LUGAR GAVE A SPEECH TO THE FORUM CLUB OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ON APRIL 1, 2005, ACCOMPANIED BY MRS. LUGAR
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (15 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $7,100.30
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Richard Lugar

Jessica Fugate
Andrew Semmel
Paul Sinders
Manisha Singh



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