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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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Back to The Data

Office of

David Wu


Total cost of 19 office trips: $56,188.71


Trips by David Wu
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $28,450.25

Destination: PHILLY TO DC
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE SCHOOLS & NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
Purpose: SPEECH TO GROUPS' ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: May 26, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $787.60
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND HARVARD HEALTH CARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,281.00
source

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

Destination: TAIPEI-HONGKONG
Sponsor: CHINESE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE (80%); H & Q ASIA PACIFIC (20%)
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Apr 13, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $6,362.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-FT LAUDERDALE-DC
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND HARVARD HEALTH CARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $3,994.62
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,892.10
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: Global Alliance for Democracy & Peace
Purpose: GADP NATIONAL CONFERENCE-SPEECH
Date: Nov 1, 2003
Expense: $1,863.50
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND HARVARD HEALTH CARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,838.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - FT. LAUDERDALE-DC
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HARVARD HEALTHCARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $3,844.03
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of David Wu

Holly Armstrong
Brian Branton
Ted Liu
William Miner
Julie Tippens



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 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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    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