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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Robert Smith


Total cost of 89 office trips: $138,696.57


Trips by Robert Smith
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $19,484.30

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 3, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $3,430.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,050.77
source

Destination: WOODS HOLE, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Alliance for the Advancement of Climate Science
Purpose: CLIMATE SCIENCE BRIEFINGS TO GROUP OF SENATORS/STAFF
Date: Mar 3, 2000
Expense: $706.75
source

Destination: PASCAGOULA, MS
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: FIELD TRIP TO THE KERR-MCGEE/DOMINION NEPTUNE STAR DEEPWATER PRODUCTION PLATFORM
Date: Jun 17, 2000
Expense: $980.28
source

Destination: STUART ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Group International Inc
Purpose: OVERVIEW FOR SENATORS OF WORK DONE BY WASHINGTON GROUP INTERNATIONAL AND RELATION TO CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $7,220.00
source

Destination: CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: GEORGE C. MARSHALL INSTITUTE AND AMERICAN STANDARD COMPANY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A SYMPOSIUM ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGES
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,047.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,049.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Smith

Kenneth Adler
Sharla Beall
Dave Canover
Dave Conover
Dan Corbett
Melinda Cross
Stephanie Daigle
John Denning
Patricia Doerr
Genevieve Erny
Thomas Gibson
Martin Hall
Chelsea Henderson
Chris Hessler
Paul Jensen
Jennifer Johnson
Ann Klee
M Kirstin Kohrer
John Lang
Edward Michaels
John Pemberton
John Pombri
Kirstin Rohrer
Jeffrey Rose
Alex Shively
Megan Stanley
Ellen Stein
Russell Thomasson
David Tille



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