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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

Steny Hoyer


Total cost of 44 office trips: $127,723.35


Trips by Steny Hoyer
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $39,549.64

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: National Association of Home Builders
Purpose: ATTEND BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Date: Jan 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $857.88
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM-MONTGOMERY-SELMA, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: ALABAMA PILGRIMAGE TO CELEBRATE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF '65 VOTING RIGHTS ACT MARCH
Date: Mar 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $989.00
source

Destination: New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Washington, D.C
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: Spoke before AFL-CIO Legislative Committee
Date: Feb 24, 2003
Expense: $381.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: MEET WITH NCTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Date: Jun 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,216.50
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: AMERICAN-ISRAEL EDUCATION FOUNDATION (AIPAC)
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH ISRAELI & PALESTINIAN LEADERS EDUCATION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,392.65
source

Destination: DELHI-AGRA, INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $7,552.98
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FLA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL AT SPRING RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,956.34
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN TOWN HALL MEETING WITH MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS
Date: Apr 19, 2004
Expense: $1,128.00
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM-MONTG.
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL AT SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,194.51
source

Destination: JERUSALEM-TEL AVIV
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $15,955.78
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Steny Hoyer

Cory Alexander
Alexis Brandt
Robert Cogorno
Nona Darrell
Marta David
John Defife
Stacey Farnen
Dayle Lewis
Regina Mahony
Alejandro Perez
Geoff Plague
Andy Quinn
David Ransom
Brian Romick



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