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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

Thomas Sawyer


Total cost of 22 office trips: $69,857.05


Trips by Thomas Sawyer
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $50,932.53

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,626.60
source

Destination: TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,890.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, VENICE
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: STUDY TRIP
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $10,394.50
source

Destination: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR
Sponsor: University of Michigan
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY EVENT
Date: Jan 15, 2001
Expense: $659.00
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,201.00
source

Destination: SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: TPN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,262.60
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Informal Coalition
Purpose: ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION POLICY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,353.82
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND & TALLINN, ESTONIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,380.60
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION: STANDARDS, ACCOUNTABILITY & SECONDARY SCHOOL REFORM: THE NEW CHALLENGE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION"
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,169.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: INFINITY HEALTHCARE INC
Purpose: ADDRESS FRONTLINES CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,053.41
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONVERGENCE OF US NATIONAL SECURITY & THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,942.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Sawyer

Amy Boyle
Betsy Cuthbertson
Christine Dodd
Holly Feiock
Daniel Lucas
Joe Mcgarvey
David Toomey



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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  • 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