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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

Albert Wynn


Total cost of 26 office trips: $41,838.40


Trips by Albert Wynn
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $21,798.04

Destination: VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: MEMBERS EXEC. OF WIRELESS INDUSTRY DISCUSS MATTERS AFFECTING THE WIRELESS INDUSTRY
Date: May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,486.49
source

Destination: BATON ROUGE
Sponsor: Southern University at New Orleans
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,323.55
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, ST. MAARTEN
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CARIB NEWS MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONF
Date: Nov 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,970.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: MEMBERS' AND EXECUTIVES OF WIRELESS INDUSTRY TO DISCUSS MATTERS AFFECTING THE WIRELESS INDUSTRY
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,599.30
source

Destination: JUNEAU, ALASKA
Sponsor: Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST
Date: May 24, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,566.90
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: 2ND ANNUAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,365.87
source

Destination: SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: 5TH ANNUAL POLICY RETREAT
Date: Jun 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,622.73
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,063.94
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,394.40
source

Destination: SYRACUSE
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: DISCUSS INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUE AND TO EXPLORE POSSILE JOINT COOPERATIVE EFFORTS
Date: Jan 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $796.00
source

Destination: SUNNY ISLES, FL
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S IV ANNUAL BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT ROUNDTABLE TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH XXXV REGULAR SESSION OF THE OAS
Date: Jun 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,060.98
source

Destination: AVENTURA, DE
Sponsor: NAT'L ASSOCIATION OF INVESTMENT COMPANIES
Purpose: SPEAKER AT NAIC ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE MATTERS AND THE MINORITY-FOCUSED VENTURE CAPITAL INDUSTRY
Date: Oct 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $547.88
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Albert Wynn

Paul Begey
Matthew Biggs
Curt Clifton
Lashawna Johnson
Alon Kupferman
Alon Kysferhon
Lori Pepper
Michael Rious
Cherie Wilson



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