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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Jerrold Nadler


Total cost of 27 office trips: $55,075.82


Trips by Jerrold Nadler
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $35,858.15

Destination: NYC-MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE & RETURN
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: PANELIST ON "TURNING THE TABLES: POLITICIANS GRILL THE MEDIA"
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,033.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: LEAGUE OF AMERICAN THEATRES & PRODUCERS & THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSION ON THEATRE-PARTICIPANT
Date: Jun 17, 2000
Expense: $227.75
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: JCRC (JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL) & UJA-FEDERATION (UNITED JEWISH APPEAL)
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,320.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and state affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 10, 2001
Expense: $388.25
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
Purpose: TAPING OF DEBATE ON CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY
Date: Jun 11, 2001
Expense: $192.00
source

Destination: NYC - JACKSON HOLE,WYOMING
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $5,509.00
source

Destination: DC-MIAMI, MIAMI-NYC
Sponsor: RETAIL WHOLESALE AND DEPARTMENT STORE UNION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,155.85
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, BIRMINGHAM-SELMA, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PILGRIMAGE VISITING HISTORIC CIVIL RIGHTS SITES
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $413.00
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CA (VIA SAN FRANCISCO)
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,631.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,629.30
source

Destination: CASABLANCA, MOROCCO-JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Purpose:
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,359.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jerrold Nadler

John Doty
David Greengrass
Brett Heimov
David Lachmann
Amy Rutkin
Eric Schmeltzer



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