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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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Office of

William Jefferson


Total cost of 61 office trips: $292,061.24


Trips by William Jefferson
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $107,711.73

Destination: NIGERIA - EQUATORIAL GUINEA - SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
Sponsor: Shaw Group
Purpose: FACT FINDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TRADE MISSION
Date: Nov 8, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $6,872.20
source

Destination: BOTSWANA (GABARARE, CHOBE)
Sponsor: Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry & Manpower
Purpose: CODEL INVESTIGATING AGOA IMPLEMENTATION; ANTI-AIDS INITIATIVES AND DIAMOND INDUSTRY IN BOTSWANA
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $20,753.33
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK AND BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ
Sponsor: AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP & THE CONNELL CAMPANY
Purpose: TO MAKE TWO SPEECHES ON U.S. TRADE AGENDA BEFORE HOUSE WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
Date: Jul 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $513.34
source

Destination: CAPITOL TO LANSDOWNE RETREAT CTR
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Apr 19, 2002
Expense: $60.40
source

Destination: LAGOS & ABUSA NIGERIA
Sponsor: STOLT GLOBESTAR, TDC OVERSEAS, LTD, GEORGE STEVENS RESOURCES
Purpose: REVIEW OF US TRADE & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (TDA) PROJECTS/BRIEFING ON NIGERIAN ELECTIONS
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $15,938.83
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, P.R.
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT (HISPANIC, ASIAN & CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS)
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,234.76
source

Destination: ABUJA, NIGERIA-LAGOS, NIGERIA-YAOUNDE, CAMEROON-DOUALA, CAMEROON-MALABO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA-SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
Sponsor: PROJECT CONSULTING SERVICES (PCS); VERIZON; IGATE, INC, LETH ENERGY, INC.
Purpose: IN HIS CAPACITY AS CO-CHAIR OF CONGRESSIONAL NIGERIA CAUCUS & AFRICA TRADE & INVESTMENT CAUCUS, REP. JEFFERSON LED A BUSINESS DELEGATION TO WEST AFRICA TO EXPLORE GENERAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES & AGOA (AFRICA GROWTH & OPPORTUNITY ACT) OPPORTUNITIES
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $16,313.00
source

Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO-SAO PAULO-BRASILIA-SALVADOR
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION FOCUSED ON INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMPANIES IN BRAZIL THROUGH TRADE AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH AFRO-BRAZILIAN BUSINESSES/PARTICIPATION IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN/AFRO BRAZILIAN BUSINESS SUMMIT
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,418.74
source

Destination: WDC-MIAMI-NO, LA
Sponsor: WACHOVIA AND HECKERLING INSTITUTE
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AND SPEAK AT 39TH ANNUAL HECKERLING INSTITUTE ON ESTATE PLANNING
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,624.98
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS-LOUISIANA
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: ATTEND MARITIME TRADES DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING AND GIVE SPEECH ON LEGISLATION AFFECTING MARITIME INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,116.80
source

Destination: WDC-EGYPT
Sponsor: Arab American Chamber of Commere
Purpose: CBC CODEL TO EGYPT FOR MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON TRADE POLICY & FOREIGN RELATIONS POLICY
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $13,314.00
source

Destination: CAIRO-UAE-QATAR-NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: ISLAMIC FREE MARKET INSTITUTE AND QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FIFTH ANNUAL FORUM ON DEMOCRACY AND FREE TRADE IN DOHA, QATAR
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $10,303.50
source

Destination: LONDON-ACCRA
Sponsor: WIN-WIN Strategies Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Date: Jul 6, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $9,247.85
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of William Jefferson

Kwemo Angelle
Lionel Collins
Atonte Diete-Spiff
Roberta Hopkins
John Metcalf
David Morgan
Nicole Smith
Melvin Spence
Nicole Venable



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