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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

Tom Feeney


Total cost of 57 office trips: $126,860.80


Trips by Tom Feeney
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $42,258.82

Destination:
Sponsor: BETTER HONGKONG FOUNDATION, CHINESE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC CORPORATION ASS., KOREA-US EXCHANGE COUNCIL
Purpose: INCREASE KNOWLEDGE OF SECURITY, TRADE, POLITICAL ENVIRONMENTS IN REGION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,743.55
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING DINNER FRIDAY NIGHT
Sponsor: Community Financial Services Association of America
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A BRIEFING ON FRIDAY NIGHT
Date: Feb 28, 2003
Expense: $175.37
source

Destination: SCOTLAND
Sponsor: National Center for Public Policy & Research
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL INFORMATIVE TOUR
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,643.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,341.01
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEAKER AT RESTORATION WEEKEND 2003
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,947.20
source

Destination: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.06
source

Destination: PUNTA CANA REPUBLICA DOMINICAN-ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECON. COUNCIL'S 05 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC & ANTIGUA
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $3,159.43
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC (DULLES) TO PARIS FRANCE TO STUTTGART, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: US-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE & US.-GERMAN CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,721.60
source

Destination: STUTTGART, GERMANY TO LONDON ENGLAND TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Purpose: SPEAKERS ENGAGEMENT AT BALPPA'S PARLIAMENTARY LUNCH
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,198.41
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Purpose: 10TH AMENDMENT/FEDERAL AFFAIRS WORKSHOP
Date: Aug 2, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $376.21
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES-SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION & PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY: MAKING THE GOAL OF ENTITLEMENT REFORM A REALITY
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,282.98
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Feeney

Jennifer Chester
Sherry Dudley
Myal Greene
Cheryl Moore
Jason Roe
Brandon Steinmann
Jessica Taylor
Ryan Visco
Netonis Wybensinger



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