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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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Office of

Amory Houghton


Total cost of 43 office trips: $125,101.95


Trips by Amory Houghton
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $49,943.83

Destination: BADEN BADEN, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: U.S./GERMAN ROUDTABLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $4,669.51
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, MONTGOMERY, SELMA, AL
Sponsor: THE FAITH & POLITICS INSTITUTE (WITH SUPPORT FROM THE ATTACHED LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS)
Purpose: ALABAMA PILGRIMAGE TO MARK THE 35TH ANN. OF THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS MARCH.
Date: Mar 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $764.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SAN FRANCISCO - LOS ANGELES - ELMIRA, NY
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: MEET W/ CORPORATE OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST.
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,803.44
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE; DUSSELDORF, GERMANY; VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN; ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: US/GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $9,648.00
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, BIRMINGHAM, SELMA ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $585.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, SILICON VALLEY, NAPA VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: MEET W/ CORPORATE OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST.
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $928.40
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY; LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: US/GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $15,242.36
source

Destination: AUGUSTA, GA
Sponsor: Corning Inc
Purpose: PUBLIC POLICY FORUM
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,597.06
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSIONS, MEETINGS WITH CORPORATE OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS LEGISLATION OF MUTUAL INTEREST.
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,635.66
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,595.40
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN MEETING OF CONGRESS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: SELMA/BIRMINGHAM AL
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $913.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: CONFERENCE TO SHARE IDEAS
Date: Jun 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,975.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Amory Houghton

Hugh Hatcher
Chester Lunner
William Mckenney
Steve Perrotta
Catherine Alyce Rafferty
Chelsi Stevens
Francesca Tedesco
Robert Van Wicklin
Robert Vanwicklin



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