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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Chris John


Total cost of 57 office trips: $109,293.40


Trips by Chris John
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $44,137.83

Destination: WYE RIVER CONF. CENTER-QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: AG COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $390.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: INDIGO INSTITUTE
Purpose: SPEAKER-POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $7,597.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $735.00
source

Destination: POUGHKEEPSIE
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: HYDE PARK CONFERENCE
Date: May 21, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $564.00
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
Purpose: SPEECH & PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,962.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Beer Institute
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PARTICIPANT AT MEMBERSHIP MTG.
Date: Nov 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,385.00
source

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

Destination:
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: 2001 SPRING RETREAT
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,201.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose:
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,723.50
source

Destination: DLC SPRING RETREAT, NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,035.31
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMEN'S FOUNDATION SUMMIT, CABIN BLUFF
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose: ADDRESS SPORTSMEN DURING SUMMIT
Date: Mar 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,857.00
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,654.26
source

Destination: DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DEM LEADERSHIP COUNCIL RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,993.60
source

Destination: TRAVEL FROM KANSAS CITY, TO JOPLIN, TO FT. SMITH TO SHREVEPORT TO DODDTO LAFAYE TO NEW ORLE
Sponsor: I-49 International Coalition
Purpose:
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,245.44
source

Destination: 2004 INTERNATIONAL CES-LEADER'S IN TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,111.22
source

Destination: DLC SPRING RETREAT
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,481.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Chris John

Jody Comeaux
Lynn Hershey
David Kay
Vera Lebrun
Gayle Parker
Jacob Roche
Samuel Roche
Stephen Stefaosk
Gordon Taylor



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