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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

Tom Latham


Total cost of 12 office trips: $61,882.22


Trips by Tom Latham
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $58,121.89

Destination: OMAHA, NE BOCA RATON, FL.-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: FUTURE'S INDUSTRY ASSOC-CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: SPEAKER & PANEL MEMBER
Date: Mar 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,094.93
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLA.
Sponsor: National Oilseed Processors Association
Purpose: 2001 ANNUAL MEETING-KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jan 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,278.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLA
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: FUTURES IND. ASSOC. CONF.-WASHINGTON OUTLOOK
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,988.67
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE-AVIGNON, FR.-PARIS, FR.
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: EXAMINE NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGIES, COMPARE SPENT FUEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, INSPECT COMMERCIAL SCALE FACILITIES THAT MANAGE AND VITRIFY NUCLEAR BY-PRODUCTS
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $14,689.20
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: TOUR & BRIEFING OF CHIC. MERCANTILE EXCHG
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $4,289.06
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES CONFERENCE-SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $5,106.51
source

Destination: ROME ITALY
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TO MEET WITH ENERGY MINISTRY, DISCUSS POST-CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POLICIES, ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF DECREASED NUCLEAR GENERATION IN ITALY. TOURED GEOTHERMAL FACILITIES AND DISCUSSED CONSTRUCTION METHODS, NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND SAFETY
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $18,053.14
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS REGARDING FEDERAL POLICY AND CONGRESS DURING THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,622.38
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Latham

Kevin Berents
Michael Gruber



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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    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

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    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