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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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Office of

Anthony Weiner


Total cost of 12 office trips: $42,381.20


Trips by Anthony Weiner
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $32,112.20

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $5,221.19
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN
Sponsor: George Washington University
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS WITH JAPANESE LEGISLATORS
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $7,542.57
source

Destination: NEW YORK-SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: Dominican-American National Roundtable
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION ON TRADE
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,626.97
source

Destination: SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-SAN JUAN, PR-NEW YORK
Sponsor: RETAIL WHOLESALE AND DEPARTMENT STORE UNION
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION ON TRADE
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,362.27
source

Destination: TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)
Sponsor: Jewish Community Relations Council(s)
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,510.90
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT REGARDING PENDING LEGISLATION INVOLVING ISRAEL/FACT FINDING DISCUSSION ON THE STATE OF ISRAEL
Date: Sep 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,714.00
source

Destination: NEW DELHI, INDIA TO MUMBAI, INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: TRADE FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $8,690.08
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATION ON A CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR THE UPCOMING CONGRESS WITH A SPECIFIC FOCUS ON KEY TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,444.22
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Anthony Weiner

Brian Miller
Kevin Ryan
Veronica Sullivan



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