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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

Carolyn Kilpatrick


Total cost of 29 office trips: $119,210.30


Trips by Carolyn Kilpatrick
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $58,904.77

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,570.00
source

Destination: MENLO PARK, CA-REDWOOD CITY, CA
Sponsor: AT&T; MICROSOFT & AMERICAN AIRLINES
Purpose: ATTEND TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATIONS AND TOUR COMPANY FACILITIES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $9,594.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK
Purpose: SPEAK ON TWO PANELS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,735.88
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK, NY (ROUND TRIP)
Sponsor: NYSE / THE HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $992.42
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Tom Joyner Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM THINK TANK
Date: May 25, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $5,850.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING; PARTICIPATION ON PANEL
Date: Nov 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA-TAMPA, FL-WASHINGTON D.C.
Sponsor: TAMPA BAY ORGANIZATION OF BLACK AFFAIRS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,021.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.73
source

Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASIL
Sponsor: IGATES TECHNOLOGIES, PHARMA, CITIGROUP, PORT OF NEW ORLEANS, GENERAL MOTORS, COCA COLA, GLAXOSMITHKLEIN
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE AFROBRASILIAN/AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS SUMMIT (PANEL DISCUSSION LEADER
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $11,630.74
source

Destination: ABUJA, NIGERIA-LAGOS, NIGERIA-AKWA IBON, NIGERIA-AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Sponsor: African World Expo
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND TRADE MISSION TO PROMOTE BUSINESS BETWEEN THE CITY OF DETROIT, THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, THE UNITED STATES AND NIGERIA
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,097.00
source

Destination: DULLES, VA-CAIRO, EGYPT-DETROIT, MI
Sponsor: American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $9,713.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick

Harold Boyd
Gene Fisher
Khalil Munir
Asi Ofosu
Shiraz Panthaky
Trenace Richardson
Kimberly Rudolph
Jamal Simmons
Deborah Willig



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