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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

Tim Johnson


Total cost of 56 office trips: $122,144.95


Trips by Tim Johnson
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $37,010.06

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,348.00
source

Destination: PAKISTAN
Sponsor: El Paso Corporation
Purpose: VISITING AMERICAN-OWNED BUSINESS OPERATING IN PAKISTAN AND MEETING WITH PAKISTANI OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL CONCERN TO PAKISTAN AND THE UNITED STATES
Date: Jan 18, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,030.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH BEFORE THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS AND TO ATTEND ITS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,950.00
source

Destination: MONTREAL, CANADA
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,400.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR THE CONNELL COMPANY'S SEMINAR SERIES ON THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Mar 24, 2003
Expense: $570.00
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $4,214.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,333.00
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY MO
Sponsor: NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT BEFORE THE NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERS ASSOCIATION
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $771.86
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,393.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tim Johnson

Mara Baer
Cynthia Bartel
Patrick Benton
Sharon Boysen
Naomi Camper
Elizabeth Canter
Sonja Dean
Dwight Fettig
Susan Hansen
Adam Healy
Meredith Hughes
Danna Jackson
Ian Marquardt
Kenneth Martin
Paul Nash
Alfred Samuelson
Drey Samuelson
Frank Scamlon
Mitchell Stewart
Todd Stubbendieck
Matthew Thomblad
David Toomey
Elli Wicks
Esther Zoss



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

    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