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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

David Bonior


Total cost of 34 office trips: $66,775.88


Trips by David Bonior
Total cost of congressperson's 21 trips: $29,245.55

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,914.10
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Date: Feb 11, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,554.75
source

Destination: TEANECK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $399.50
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: University of California at Berkeley
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,725.92
source

Destination: PAKISTAN INDIA KASHMIR
Sponsor: AMERICANS FOR PEACE IN SOUTH ASIA - PAKISTAN ANANT EDUCATION & RURAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION - INDIA KASHMIR
Purpose: EDUCATION FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $10,265.00
source

Destination: BOSTON - NEWARK - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 17, 2000
Expense: $479.50
source

Destination: DETROIT
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose:
Date: Jul 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS - CHICAGO - DETROIT
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS PAID FOR AIRFARE - NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS - HOTEL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $564.06
source

Destination: NEW YORK, N.Y.
Sponsor: LABORER'S INTERNATIONAL UNION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 12, 2000
Expense: $415.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Muslim Arab Youth Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 22, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,404.00
source

Destination: DETROIT - LOS ANGELES - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,568.22
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-D.C. - WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, W. VA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $475.00
source

Destination: MT. PLEASANT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: International Union of Operating Engineers
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $168.54
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union (IAM)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 27, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $715.85
source

Destination: HARBOR SPRINGS MICHIGAN
Sponsor: National Association of Letter Carriers
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $259.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - CHICAGO - DETROIT
Sponsor: AFSCME (American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 28, 2001
Expense: $1,447.50
source

Destination: SAGINAW - CHICAGO - DETROIT
Sponsor: Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 7, 2001
Expense: $509.00
source

Destination: HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $258.11
source

Destination: ONAWAY, MICHIGAN (BLACK LAKE)
Sponsor: United Auto Workers
Purpose: SPEAKERS ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $270.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: PAKISTANI ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 20, 2002
Expense: $225.00
source

Destination: DETROIT-LAS VEGAS-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: United Auto Workers
Purpose: SPEAKERS ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 3, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $526.60
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of David Bonior

Amina Akbar
Edward Bruley
Mary Doroshenk
Sarah Dufendach
Kathleen Gille
Erich Pfuehler
Allison Remsen



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

    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