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American RadioWorks |
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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Back to The Data

Office of

Steve Buyer


Total cost of 34 office trips: $57,916.29


Trips by Steve Buyer
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $25,770.31

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL-FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOC'S 26TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,119.10
source

Destination: ADDRESS THE 102ND NATIONAL CONVENTION
Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $382.46
source

Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Sponsor: Guidant Corporation
Purpose: SPEAK TO A HOSPITAL CEO FORUM
Date: Feb 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $316.00
source

Destination: IND-LGA-DCA
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE TODAY SHOW
Date: Mar 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $810.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV (AIR) AND DROVE TO PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT NEW TECHNOLOGY AT ANNUAL TRADE SHOW, INCLUDING INDIANA COMPANIES SUCH AS THOMPSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS. PARTICIPATED IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND FIELD HEARINGS.
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,296.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA TO SANTA FE, NM (AIR); SANTA FE, TO SAN DIEGO, CA (VIA TRAIN); SAN DIEGO TO WASHINGTON, DC (PLANE)
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FACING RAILROAD INDUSTRY AND PARTICIPATED IN A PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,570.83
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NM TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT RAILROAD INDUSTRY AND PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,498.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, LEXINGTON, KY
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: TO GAIN UNDERSTANDING OF CHALLENGES FACES BY THE SMALL FAMILY FARM OPERATION
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $598.48
source

Destination: BERLIN-MUNICH-WASHINGTON, DC (SB)
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: PARLIMENTARY EXCHANGE WITH MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUDESTAG WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Jul 3, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $15,179.44
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Steve Buyer

Danelle Bowsher
Michael Copher
Kelly Craven
Myrna Dugan
Daniel Garcia
Kathryn Mcnabb
Laura Zuckerman



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