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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Jim Ryun


Total cost of 23 office trips: $35,146.55


Trips by Jim Ryun
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $21,881.59

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $533.00
source

Destination: ALEDO, TX
Sponsor: Wallbuilders Inc
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $767.00
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FL
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,657.05
source

Destination: MANAGUA, NICARAGUA
Sponsor: Global Connection International
Purpose: SPEAK AT FIRST NATIONAL PRAYER DINNER
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,517.39
source

Destination: LITTLE ROCK, AR
Sponsor: Harding University
Purpose: SPEAK AT AMERICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $457.47
source

Destination: PITTSBURG, KS TO SPRINGFIELD, MO TO KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH SPRINGFIELD MO
Purpose: OFFICIAL STARTER & GUEST SPEAKER, SPRINGFIELD MARATHON
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $615.76
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Foot Locker Inc
Purpose: 25TH ANNUAL FOOT LOCKER CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,628.24
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: PUERTO RICO SOCIETY OF CPAS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT, MEETING WITH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICIALS, AND OTHER FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,209.96
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO TO SAN DIEGO, CA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
Purpose: SPEAK AT CHILDREN'S PASTORS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,913.22
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SALT LAKE CITY, UT-KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: American Academy of Audiology
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT WITH THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,187.50
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Purpose: JIM RYUN WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE FCA'S 30TH ANNUAL FALL GALA
Date: Nov 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,522.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: West Hills Community Church
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR AN EVENING CHURCH SERVICE
Date: Apr 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $873.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Ryun

Nathaniel Bennett
Rebecca Elmore
Mark Kelly
Daniel Schneider



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