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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

Dan Burton


Total cost of 79 office trips: $184,971.00


Trips by Dan Burton
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $30,596.50

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,555.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Diversified Collection Services Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND TOUR OF FACILITY
Date: Mar 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,165.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS FOR AUTISM
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER
Date: Apr 9, 2000
Expense: $337.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: NATIONAL NUTRITIONAL FOODS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO CONVENTION
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,079.50
source

Destination: CHICAGO ILLINOIS
Sponsor: Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Oct 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $7,460.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: OFFICIAL VISIT W/ PRES./AM. INSTITUTE & GOVERNMENT BUSINESS LEADER.
Date: Dec 6, 2003 (12 days)
Expense: $7,250.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Oct 19, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $5,750.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Dan Burton

Heather Bailey
Kevin Binger
David Burian
J Vincent Chase
Jonathan Dilley
Garry Ewing
Brian Fauls
Dan Getz
Lawrence Halloran
Barbara Kahlow
Randall Kaplan
Caroline Katzin
Claudia Keller
Connie Lausten
Marlo Lewis
Toni Lightle
Kevin Long
Gloria Markus
Diane Menorca
Daniel Moll
Bill O'neill
R Nicholas Palarino
Kimberly Reed
George Rogers
Stephen Schatz
Dan Skopec
Brenda Summers
Robert Taub
Mary Udovich
Mary Valentino
Mark Walker
William Waller
Nathaniel Wienecke
Corinne Zaccagnini



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