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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

Ron Wyden


Total cost of 31 office trips: $42,435.30


Trips by Ron Wyden
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $21,890.57

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL RADIO AND TELEVISION SOCIETY FOUNDATION
Purpose: SPEECH TO INTERNET ISSUES 2000 FORUM
Date: Apr 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $266.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Assisted Living Federation of America
Purpose: SPEECH TO ASSISTED LIVING FEDERATION OF AMERICA FALL CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,700.91
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEECH TO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS CONGRESSIONAL BREAKFAST
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,933.63
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR - ATLANTA, GA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH TO AMERICAN ISRAEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ATLANTA CHAPTER ANNUAL DINNER
Date: Nov 28, 2000
Expense: $1,641.00
source

Destination: MEDFORD, OR - LOS ANGELES, CA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECHES TO AMERICAN ISRAEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO CHAPTERS
Date: Dec 12, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,645.17
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL CHAMBER FOUNDATION CONSUMER PRIVACY CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $595.34
source

Destination: VAIL, CO
Sponsor: PACIFIC CREST SECURITIES
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PACIFIC CREST SECURITIES ANNUAL ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,751.31
source

Destination: EUGENE, OR - PHOENIX, AZ - PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: United Jewish Communities
Purpose: SPEECH TO UJC YOUNG LEADERSHIP CABINET RETREAT
Date: Aug 8, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $868.92
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: United Jewish Communities
Purpose: SPEECH TO UNITED JEWISH COMMUNITIES ANNUAL CONFERENCE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Nov 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $418.26
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: United Jewish Communities
Purpose: SPEECH TO UNITED JEWISH COMMUNITIES YOUNG LEADERSHIP CABINET RETREAT
Date: Jul 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $596.33
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: Tel Aviv University American Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO ISRAEL
Date: Dec 25, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,123.00
source

Destination: STANFORD, CA
Sponsor: Stanford University
Purpose: SPEECH TO SIEPR 2004 ECONOMIC SUMMIT
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,350.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ron Wyden

Sarah Bittleman
Josh Kardon
Stephanie Kennon
Joshua Sheinkman
David Sohn



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