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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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Office of

Pat Roberts


Total cost of 61 office trips: $130,473.60


Trips by Pat Roberts
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $64,201.15

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS
Purpose: SPEAKER AT WHEAT INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 11, 2000
Expense: $273.90
source

Destination: INDIAN WELLS, CA
Sponsor: American Association of Crop Insurers
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 12, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,222.35
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $7,188.60
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Fertilizer Institute
Purpose: SPEAKER AT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MTG
Date: Aug 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $617.17
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN 2000 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 23, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $12,970.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN FALL MEETING
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,230.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT MEETING
Date: Feb 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,101.20
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: American Soybean Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT COMMODITY CLASSIC MEETING
Date: Feb 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $808.98
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: American Society of Baking
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $132.14
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: CO-CHAIR OF CONFERENCE AND SPEAKER
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $19,312.36
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Rural Community Insurance Services
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: Oct 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $324.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: SPEAKER AT INTERNAT'L SWEETNER COLLOQUIUM
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,614.90
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PARTICIPANT IN THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $5,638.56
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Lincoln Club of Northern California
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING (SPRING SEMINAR)
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,247.94
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,990.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: SPEAKER ON PANEL MEETING
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,529.05
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Pat Roberts

Victor Baleo
James Beauchamp
Jennifer Cook
Jackie Cottrell
Ashleigh Dela Torre
Darren Dick
Todd Halstead
Matthew Howe
John Livingston
Michael Seyfert
Harold Stones
Jennifer Swenson
Chad Tenpenny
Caroline Walling
Keith Yehle



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