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American RadioWorks |
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 Rangel


Total cost of 81 office trips: $192,620.95


Trips by Charles Rangel
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $19,826.00

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Pacific Community Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $5,675.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: Sian Ka'an Conservation Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION AND FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 12, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $5,766.00
source

Destination: PUNTA CANA, DOMINIAN REPUBLIC
Sponsor: American Airlines
Purpose: PROMOTION OF TRADE AND COMMERCE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Date: Jun 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATION
Date: Dec 12, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $5,830.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - NASSAU, BAHAMAS - NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE 8TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CORPORATE
Date: Nov 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY TO ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 3, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,005.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charles Rangel

Jennifer Adams
Cybele Bjorklund
John Buckley
James Capel
Debra Curtis
George Dalley
Julie Herwig
Daniel Maffei
Janice Mays
Karlin Mcneill
Emile Milne
Sonja Nesbit
Kathryn Olson
Viji Rangaswami
Tim Reif
Jonathan Sheene
Jonathan Sheiner
Beth Vance
Deborah Veres



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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  • 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

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    "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