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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

Eliot Engel


Total cost of 46 office trips: $117,299.20


Trips by Eliot Engel
Total cost of congressperson's 25 trips: $89,635.61

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,031.60
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,572.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONVENTION AND MEET W/ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,750.04
source

Destination: NEW YORK - CHICAGO - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN NCTA CONVENTION
Date: Jun 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,993.89
source

Destination: MONTANA - WYOMING
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: TO ATTEND LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 3, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,102.05
source

Destination: UKRAINE-BELARUS
Sponsor: JEWISH CONFEDERATION OF UKRAINE
Purpose: TO ATTEND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF BABIY WAR TRAGEDY
Date: Sep 28, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,975.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC'S NATIONAL SUMMIT
Date: Oct 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $938.46
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 2002 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $3,742.24
source

Destination: DCA-RALEIGH-LGA
Sponsor: IDT Corporation
Purpose: MEETING WITH JONATHAN POLLARD
Date: Feb 20, 2002
Expense: $187.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC DINNER
Date: May 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $561.26
source

Destination: NEW YORK - ATLANTA - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC'S SUMMIT MEETING
Date: Oct 6, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,303.13
source

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

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN NAB 2003 CONVENTION
Date: Apr 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,655.30
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose:
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $4,983.40
source

Destination: LONDON - ISRAEL - NEW YORK
Sponsor: Jewish Community Relations Council(s)
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH ELECTED & COMMUNITY LEADERS
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,441.20
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE NAB RADIO SHOW
Date: Oct 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $876.74
source

Destination: TEL AVIV
Sponsor: Michael Cherney Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SUMMIT
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,481.00
source

Destination: DC-FLORIDA-LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE 2004 INTERNATIONAL CES
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,998.98
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS-LA JOLLA-FLORIDA-WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 12, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,035.29
source

Destination: NY-NEW ORLEANS-DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: May 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $5,267.16
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL GALA
Date: Oct 1, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,458.09
source

Destination: FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND ATTEND THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROAD'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $3,941.22
source

Destination: KRAKOW-WARSAW
Sponsor: Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Purpose: EXPLORING 1000 YEARS OF JEWISH PRESENCE ON POLISH SOIL
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,559.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 16, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,333.56
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-ALBANIA-MONTENEGRO-KOSOVA-NEW YORK
Sponsor: NATIONAL ALBANIAN AMERICAN COUNCIL
Purpose: TO MONITOR ALBANIAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS & TO MEET WITH VARIOUS LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE BALKONS
Date: Jul 1, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $6,872.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Eliot Engel

John Calvelli
Emily Gibbons
Pete Leon
Rachel Miller
Christopher Pernie
Joanna Serra
Jason Steinbaum
William Weitz



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