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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

Wally Herger


Total cost of 63 office trips: $159,526.56


Trips by Wally Herger
Total cost of congressperson's 21 trips: $60,810.38

Destination: MC CLOUD, CA
Sponsor: KLAMATH ALLIANCE FOR RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL WOODS TOUR
Date: Jun 18, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $1,007.56
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,952.00
source

Destination: JFK, ROME
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 24, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $9,050.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CATS RETREAT, EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $595.72
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,823.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,580.00
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA WOODS TOUR
Sponsor: KLAMATH ALLIANCE FOR RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL WOODS TOUR
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $895.02
source

Destination: JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $5,470.00
source

Destination: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: 2001 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (16 days)
Expense: $12,286.16
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: 2002 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,092.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Purpose: WELFARE REFORM RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,111.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: RSC EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Western Watch Foundation
Purpose: WESTERN WATCH FOUNDATION POLICY FORUM
Date: Jun 28, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,517.72
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose:
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: WASH; DC-DENVER, CO-SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: WESTERN WATCH/PARTNERSHIP FOR THE WEST
Purpose: PARTNERSHIP FOR THE WEST GRASSROOTS ACTION SUMMIT
Date: Sep 26, 2003
Expense: $946.48
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA TO ONTARIO, CA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,065.46
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA - SAN DIEGO, CA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,805.26
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.06
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.54
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO ORLANDO FL BACK TO SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: ANNUAL CONFERENCE. CONGRESSMAN HERGER INVITED AS A SPEAKER
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,697.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO HAVANA CUBA TO SACRAMENTO CA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING, EDUCATIONAL, MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 20, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,502.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Wally Herger

Derek Harley
Daniel Maclean
John Magill
Alexander Oehler
Fran Peace
Paul Poteet
Nikki Robinson



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