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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Nancy Pelosi


Total cost of 55 office trips: $118,165.21


Trips by Nancy Pelosi
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $13,828.35

Destination: SEAL BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose: TOUR OF BOEING-SEAL BEACH FACILITY
Date: Apr 18, 2000
Expense: $579.30
source

Destination: OXFORD, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Oxford University
Purpose: LECTURER AT SEMINAR
Date: May 11, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,630.20
source

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

Destination: TRAVEL TO VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Todo Puerto Rico Con Vieques
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 14, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,929.60
source

Destination: DC-MIAMI-NYC
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 9, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,844.25
source

Destination: MADRID, SPAIN-BARCELONA, SPAIN-HEIDELBERG, GERMANY/STUTTGART
Sponsor: PRIMARY: WEST START-CALSTART, CO-SPONSORS: UTC, INIBUS, BP, BALLARD, DAIMLER CHRYSLER
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT HYDROGEN FUEL CELL BUS DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $4,475.00
source

Destination: NYC (TETERBORO AIRPORT) TO JOHNSTOWN, PA
Sponsor: GIRL SCOUTS OF TALLUS ROCK COUNCIL (FLIGHT DONATED TO GIRL SCOUTS BY C. ROBERT KIMBALL & ASSOC.S)
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT GIRL SCOUTS' ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER
Date: Apr 4, 2005
Expense: $1,200.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Nancy Pelosi

Amador Aguillen
Carolyn Bartholomew
Caren Benjamin
Nels Benson
Daniel Bernal
Scott Boule
George Crawford
Brendan Daly
Catherine Dodd
Jerry Hartz
Cindy Jimenez
Stacy Kerr
Rebecca Levin
Lara Levison
Eddie Manansala
Mary Mccullough
Catlin O'neill
Tracie Pough
Cecile Richards
Melissa Shannon
Arshi Siddiqui
Shamina Singh
Deborah Spriggs
Jonathan Stivers
Jesse Strider
Michael Tecklenburg



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 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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    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

    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
  • 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.