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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

Jim Leach


Total cost of 30 office trips: $54,494.19


Trips by Jim Leach
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $31,581.52

Destination: CEDAR RAPIDS, IA TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT "NEW WORLD OF FINANCIAL SERVICES" CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $425.00
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE AND GIVE PRESENTATIONS ON AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVES
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,894.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: American Council of Life Insurance
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Feb 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $525.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Fordham University
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO A SYMPOSIUM ON THE FUTURE OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
Date: Apr 2, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $525.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Conference of State Bank Supervisors
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE CONFERENCE OF STATE BANK SUPERVISORS ANNUAL MEETING
Date: May 11, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,300.00
source

Destination: DENVER, CO
Sponsor: IOWA BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE IOWA BANKERS ASSOCIATION CENTRAL STATES CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Chicago Board of Trade
Purpose: TOUR AND MEETING
Date: Jul 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $700.00
source

Destination: SPENCER, IA
Sponsor: IOWA INDEPENDENT BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE IOWA INDEPENDENT BANKERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jul 22, 2000
Expense: $750.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Deloitte & Touche
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO AN INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 11, 2000
Expense: $150.00
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,292.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,536.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, PARTICIPATE IN PANELS
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,878.00
source

Destination: ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Sponsor: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN LEACH WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE NATIONAL MAIN STREET LEADERSHIP AWARD
Date: May 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,711.04
source

Destination: CEDAR RAPIDS, IA TO CHICAGO, IL TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT A CONFERENCE ON "CHICAGO AS A GLOBAL FINANCIAL CENTER"
Date: Jun 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $245.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND TO CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, PARTICIPATE IN PANELS, MEET WITH WORLD LEADERS
Date: Jan 25, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,549.58
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Leach

Mary Andrus
Michael Borden
Amy Butler
Julie Duhme
James Mccormick
Gary Parker
David Renkel
Gregory Wierzynski
Naomi Zeff



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