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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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Office of

Ernest Istook


Total cost of 28 office trips: $91,427.32


Trips by Ernest Istook
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $72,810.57

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $387.00
source

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

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE, MD.
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $441.00
source

Destination: OKLAHOMA CITY TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Washington Policy Center
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE & NEEDS.
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,258.63
source

Destination: PRAGUE TO VIENNA, AUSTRIA TO BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: Center for First Principles
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - MEETINGS WITH US EMBASSY & GOVT. OFFICIALS IN EUROPE.
Date: Aug 14, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $17,819.68
source

Destination: DANA POINT, CA
Sponsor: General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT BEFORE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. MEETING.
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,621.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD OUR SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,611.00
source

Destination: LIHUE, KAUAI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: ATTEND 2004 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $12,850.75
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY TO HAWTHORNE, NY
Sponsor: IBM Corporation
Purpose: TOUR IBM NY RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Oct 1, 2004
Expense: $387.92
source

Destination: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK TO CHINA
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO EXPAND TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN OKLAHOMA AND CHINA
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $13,848.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: MEMBER-SPOUSE RETREAT ON "HISTORICAL MEMORY & HEALING"
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,128.28
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC TO CHICAGO, IL. TO LOS ANGELES, CA. TO KONA, HAWAII. RETURN FROM KONA, HAWAII TO CHICAGO, IL TO OKC, OKLAHOMA
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE AAAE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $12,239.02
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBER RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,300.41
source

Destination: FORT MYERS, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE CLUB FOR GROWTH'S ECONOMIC WINTER CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,859.30
source

Destination: MALIBU, CA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY AND THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION CONFERENCE ON ENTITLEMENT REFORM
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,856.58
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ernest Istook

John Albaugh
Kurt Conrad
William Duncan
Deborah Shelby
Micah Swatford
Devery Youngblood



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