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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

Gordon Smith


Total cost of 88 office trips: $171,171.26


Trips by Gordon Smith
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $34,496.17

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Sponsor: Brigham Young University
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $880.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: AMERICAN REUNION COUNCIL
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,060.00
source

Destination: DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE
Date: Oct 10, 2000
Expense: $609.40
source

Destination: TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $419.50
source

Destination: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND
Sponsor: SEA TREK FOUNDATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH, UNVEILING OF STATUE
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,160.00
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY IDAHO
Sponsor: Brigham Young University
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 7, 2001
Expense: $632.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WORKSHOPS
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,156.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 5, 2002
Expense: $1,160.22
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Motion Picture Association of America
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $925.18
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A DEAN'S CIRCLE DINNER & TO GIVE A COMMENCEMENT SPEECH
Date: May 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $635.86
source

Destination: COUNTY MAYO, IRELAND
Sponsor: Century Business Services Inc
Purpose: SPEECH, PARTICIPATE IN ROUNDTABLES
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $9,731.05
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEECH, PARTICIPATE IN ROUNDTABLES
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $11,715.68
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, OHIO
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $574.03
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Jed Foundation
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Jun 7, 2004
Expense: $737.17
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEECH, PARTICIPATE IN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,099.58
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Gordon Smith

Lindsay Arnold
Alison Buist
Martha Cagle
Martin Doern
John Easton
Catherine Finley
Matt Hill
Wallace Hsueh
Lori Kinder
Richard Krikava
Joseph Lillis
Elizabeth Mcdonnell
Andrew Over
Kurt Pfotenhaver
Lori Prater
Louisa Schiller
Paul Unger
Jason Vaillancourt
Kathryn Webb
Valerie West
Rian Windsheiner



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