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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

Thomas Reynolds


Total cost of 31 office trips: $92,413.50


Trips by Thomas Reynolds
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $42,994.78

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PARTICIPANT IN 2000 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 24, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $9,120.00
source

Destination: EDINBOROUGH, SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,549.27
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $5,069.08
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

Destination: 2003 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS & DEBATES
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $15,174.88
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $6,712.21
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $913.34
source

Destination: THE TIDES INN, IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: National Republican Congressional Committee
Purpose: BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Reynolds

Michael Brady
Kelly Dixon
Dan Doyle
Sharon Hardie
Sean Mclaughlin
Tina Mufford
Sally Vastola
John Willis



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

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  • 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