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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

Ken Lucas


Total cost of 22 office trips: $52,257.09


Trips by Ken Lucas
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $36,676.15

Destination: 2001 BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: DLC SPRING RETREAT
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL INFORMATIONAL RETREAT
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,788.64
source

Destination: 110TH ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE KENTUCKY BANKERS ASSOCIAT.
Sponsor: Kentucky Bankers Association
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH TO THE CONVENTION
Date: Sep 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,184.45
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE STUDY AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,833.18
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE STUDY AND FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,558.98
source

Destination: DCA - MIAMI, FL - CVG (NORTHERN KY/CINCINNATI AIRPORT)
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE STUDY AND FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,403.90
source

Destination: TAIPAI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATION VISIT
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $16,320.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ken Lucas

Jason Baird
Cheryl Brownell
Joe Clabes
Scott Kuschmider
Mike Malaise
Kathryn Ray
Danielle Vizgirda



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

    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