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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

Bob Etheridge


Total cost of 23 office trips: $90,046.06


Trips by Bob Etheridge
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $62,509.12

Destination:
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,170.00
source

Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE UPDATE TO COMPANY EMPLOYEES
Date: Mar 27, 2001
Expense: $639.50
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $17,764.64
source

Destination: LONDON, UK
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIAN RELATIONS
Date: Aug 15, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $10,295.80
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,972.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - BARCELONA - RALEIGH, NC
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO SPANISH NUCLEAR FACILITIES
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $14,624.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Oct 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,959.48
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,078.02
source

Destination: FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, INC
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN "WASHINGTON OUTLOOK" PANEL ON 3/19 9AM-11AM
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,536.99
source

Destination: RALEIGH-LOUISVILLE-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Americans United to Protect Social Security
Purpose: TOWN HALL TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO RURAL AMERICANS
Date: Jun 19, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $468.29
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bob Etheridge

Julie Dwyer
Jennifer Eberhardt
Margaret Fisher
Patricia Lawler
Christopher Ogilvie
Lindy Paull
Ida Pleasants
Carolyn Smith



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

    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