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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

Richard Neal


Total cost of 27 office trips: $46,152.79


Trips by Richard Neal
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $16,390.75

Destination: CHATHAM, MA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,575.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,650.00
source

Destination: CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL ISSUES SEMINAR
Date: Jul 4, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,671.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Purpose: WELFARE REFORM SUMMIT
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,057.75
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Chubb Corporation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $640.50
source

Destination: TRAVEL FROM SPRINGFIELD, MA/HARTFORD AIRPORT TO ALBUQUERQUE, NM AND RETURN
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR AT LUMIDIGM BIOMETRICS
Date: May 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,482.50
source

Destination: NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE SEMINAR
Date: Jul 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,090.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Chubb Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MEETING ON CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES AFFECTING INSURANCE INDUSTRY INCLUDING ASBESTOS RELATED ISSUES, TAXES, LEGAL REFORM AND INSURANCE REGULATION.
Date: Dec 16, 2003
Expense: $440.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, PRESBYTERIAN HOSTIPAL, CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, BURN CENTER
Sponsor: American Burn Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MEETING WITH BURN PHYSICIANS TO DISCUSS ISSUES AFFECTING THE MEDICAL FIELD INCLUDING PHYSICIAN REIMBURSEMENT, MEDICARE, MEDICAL RESEARCH AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE PREPAREDNESS
Date: Dec 17, 2003
Expense: $390.00
source

Destination: CAPE COD, MA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jun 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,470.00
source

Destination: DENVER, CO-SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: THE DENVER FORUM/THE CITY CLUB OF SAN DIEGO
Purpose: TO ADDRESS TWO PUBLIC POLICY FORUMS ON THE TOPIC OF SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,475.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-CLEVELAND, OH,-HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD
Sponsor: Americans United to Protect Social Security
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO GROUP REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $469.00
source

Destination: WEQUASSETT INN, CHATHAM, MA (BY PERSONAL AUTOMOBILE)
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE SEMINAR/BIPARTISAN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Jul 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $980.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Richard Neal

Daniel Houton
Ann Jablon
Bridgette Johnson
Ryan Kelly
Margaret Mcglinch
Melissa Mueller
Michael Prucker



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