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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

Edward Markey


Total cost of 33 office trips: $68,642.38


Trips by Edward Markey
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $40,593.95

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL
Date: Jan 26, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,640.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,493.60
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - ASPEN, CO - DENVER, CO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN ROUNDTABLE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Date: Aug 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $974.00
source

Destination: DAVOS SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPANT ON PANEL
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $7,211.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: US News & World Report
Purpose: PANELIST ON PROGRAM ON FIRST AMENDMENT
Date: Feb 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,402.11
source

Destination: ZURICH
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANELS ON VARIOUS ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Jan 21, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,755.66
source

Destination: NEW YORK - ROME - DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,642.20
source

Destination: SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN PANELS ON VARIOUS ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Jan 26, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,475.38
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Edward Markey

Colin Crowell
Joseph Dalton
Jeffrey Duncan
Michal Freedhoff
Michal Freedhorr
David Moulton
Angelique Skoulas
Ana Unruh



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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  • 08.27.15

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    "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