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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Fortney Stark


Total cost of 15 office trips: $48,898.67


Trips by Fortney Stark
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $43,657.65

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATION REFORM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,696.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $5,504.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEDICAL PROVIDERS
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,822.50
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,683.63
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,196.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,373.00
source

Destination: SAVANNAH, GA
Sponsor: PATHOLOGY SERVICES ASSOCIATES
Purpose: SPEECH FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $6,300.04
source

Destination: LONDON-MUNICH-FRANKFURT
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $14,270.68
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE CHALLENGE OF EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $4,811.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Fortney Stark

Debra Curtis
Andrea Salinas
Chad Shearer



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

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    "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