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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

Charles Bass


Total cost of 28 office trips: $38,054.51


Trips by Charles Bass
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $17,333.85

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: TRIP TO GATHER HIGH-TECH INFORMATION
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,187.20
source

Destination: MIT, BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: TECHNET
Purpose: DISCUSSION W/ 20 LEADING N.E. TECH. EXECUTIVES
Date: Oct 2, 2000
Expense: $744.85
source

Destination: GREENBRIER (WEST VIRGINIA)
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,424.00
source

Destination: NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: State of New Jersey
Purpose: THE CONGRESSMAN WILL TESTIFY IN COURT ON BEHALF OF THE STATE
Date: Apr 18, 2001
Expense: $523.50
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA / DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: TO REPRESENT THE COMMERCE COMM. * A CEA CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,542.06
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: MTGS. AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,924.00
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT @ THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose:
Date: Jun 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,456.19
source

Destination: DETROIT
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MTG. IN DETROIT, MI
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,917.63
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH
Sponsor: Independent Bakers Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 19, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,154.80
source

Destination: MANCHESTER, NH - LAS VEGAS - PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND 2005 CES AND ATTEND MEETINGS
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,571.62
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charles Bass

John Billings
Darwin Cusack
Francis Furtado
Tad Furtado
Neil Levesque
Alissa Southworth
Jennifer Warren
Virginia Wilbert
Virginia Witbert



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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    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