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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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    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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Office of

Mitch Mcconnell


Total cost of 61 office trips: $87,456.97


Trips by Mitch Mcconnell
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $29,187.69

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT AIPAC'S ANNUAL PALM BEACH WASHINGTON CLUB MEETING, KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Date: Mar 5, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $900.88
source

Destination: FROM MADISONVILLE, KENTUCKY AIRPORT TO REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT, D.C.
Sponsor: Peabody Energy
Purpose: TO ANNOUNCE OPENING OF NEW PEABODY PLANT IN MUHLENBERG COUNTY, KENTUCKY
Date: Feb 12, 2001
Expense: $354.99
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, OHIO
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: REMARKS AT CLEVELAND COMMITTEE FOR AIPAC RECEPTION AND DINNER HONORING AIPAC PRESIDENT, TIM WULIGER, THE LANDERHAVEN, CLEVELAND, OHIO
Date: Aug 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,407.31
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES CA
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: INVITED TO KEY NOTE DINNER EVENT CELEBRATING THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN INDEPENDENCE, BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL, BEVERLY HILLS, CA, EVENING OF DECEMBER 8, 2001
Date: Dec 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,214.00
source

Destination: RENO, NEVADA
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION ANNUAL CONVENTION, TO BE PRESENTED WITH AFBF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD ON 1/6, AND TO ATTEND KENTUCKY FARM BUREAU BREAKFAST ON 1/7
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,190.51
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: REMARKS AT ANNUAL "RESTORATION WEEKEND" LUNCHEON ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, AT THE BREAKERS HOTEL, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Date: Nov 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,709.00
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA, SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT ANNUAL SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $739.00
source

Destination: AEI WORLD FORUM, BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AND PANEL PARTICIPATION
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,210.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,153.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Committee for The Weizmann Institute of Science
Purpose: MEETING WITH ISRAEL GOV'T OFFICIALS & VISIT THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE TO RECEIVE AN HONORARY DEGREE
Date: Nov 12, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $5,050.00
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,259.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mitch Mcconnell

John Abegg
Brytt Brooks
Larry Cox
Laura Haney
Brian Lewis
Robert Lewis
Charles Marshall
Malloy Mcdaniel
Scott O'malice
Laura Pemberton
Billy Piper
K Scott Raab
Leon Sequeira
Kyle Simmons
Pamela Simpson
Michael Solon
Tamars Somerville
Robert Steurer
Amy Swonger
Mason Wiggins
Mary Young
Michael Zehr



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