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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

Edward Whitfield


Total cost of 61 office trips: $179,406.02


Trips by Edward Whitfield
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $106,368.40

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE RESORT, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH REFORM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,637.21
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: American Academy of Audiology
Purpose: KEY NOTE SPEAKER FOR THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY FOR THEIR MEMBER CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2000
Expense: $2,536.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE - MTGS WITH ITALIAN GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $9,120.00
source

Destination: RETURN FROM PEABODY COAL MEETING IN KY-01 TO WASHINGTON FOR VOTES
Sponsor: Peabody Energy
Purpose: PEABODY COAL POWER PLANT ANNOUNCEMENT
Date: Feb 12, 2001
Expense: $354.00
source

Destination: LA QUINTA, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TO ADDRESS THE USTA CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $5,258.03
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO ENMBURG, SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: ATTENDED AND GAVE A SPEECH TO MEMBERS OF THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT-SUBJECT OF SPEECH (KYOTO AND ENERGY ISSUES)
Date: Aug 8, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $11,357.16
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO TO LA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: DISCUSSION WITH ENTERTAINMENT, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY OFFICIALS REGARDING PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES FACING THESE INDUSTRIES AS IT IS IMPACT ON JOB CREATION
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $4,732.01
source

Destination: LONDON - DOHA - ROME
Sponsor: ISLAMIC INSTITUTE AND THE QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND CHRISTIAN/MUSLIM DIALOGUE PARTICIPATED IN DISCUSSION ABOUT IMPACT OF WTO ON DOMESTIC COMMERCE
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $17,643.02
source

Destination: INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM
Sponsor: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Purpose: ADDRESS THE INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,131.27
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 52ND ANNUAL CONVENTION OF NCTA AND MEET WITH TELECOM PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT THE 1ST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY AND DISCUSS WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING IN KY IN THE NEXT YEAR
Date: Jun 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $5,905.07
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ECLIPSE AWARDS REGARDING HORSE SLAUGHTER PROTECTION ACT
Date: Jan 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,761.26
source

Destination: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 3, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $9,255.51
source

Destination: PADUCAH, KY
Sponsor: AmerisourceBergen
Purpose: TOUR DISTRIBUTION FACILITY-FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 7, 2005
Expense: $965.50
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: ISLAMIC FREE INSTITUTE AND QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Purpose: ATTEND FIFTH ANNUAL FORUM ON DEMOCRACY AND FREE TRADE IN DOHA, QATAR
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $20,132.90
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Purpose: ADDRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,121.42
source

Destination: ISTANBUL AND ANKARA TURKEY-NORTHERN CYPRUS
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: LED THE FIRST US TURKISH STUDY GROUP TO MEET WITH THE PRIME MINISTER AND PARLIAMENTARIANS IN TURKEY AND WAS THE FIRST DELEGATION FROM THE US TO FLY INTO NORTHERN CYPRUS
Date: May 28, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $11,458.04
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Edward Whitfield

Benjamin Beaton
Emily Chandler
Brent Dolen
Brett Hale
John Halliwell
Cory Hicks
Melissa Joiner
Erica Landrum
Karen Long
Jeff Miles
Michael Pape
Sandra Simpson
Lesley Stout
Jason Van Pelt



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