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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

Sam Farr


Total cost of 31 office trips: $81,138.11


Trips by Sam Farr
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $59,427.34

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: MEET WITH EUROPEAN LEADERS DISCUSS ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $10,244.62
source

Destination: MONTEREY - LA - MIAM - CAYMAN ISLANDS - MIAMI - DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,340.95
source

Destination: SELMA, MONTGOMERY ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $585.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: United Parcel Service of America Inc (UPS)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 29, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $622.00
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $9,479.17
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $4,997.10
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,029.00
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,724.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Urbanists International
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: POTOMAC, MD
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL GROUP DISCUSSIONS
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $636.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY-PALM SPRINGS-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: MEET WITH CA GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,285.69
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: TO REFLECT ON THE WORK OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE PRESSURES OF THE JOB
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $723.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA - GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, BAHAMAS - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-BRAZIL RELATIONS
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,035.73
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: MEMBERS OF THE CBC, CHC, AND CAPAC MET TO DISCUSS MINORITY HEALTH ISSUES
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $436.74
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,903.34
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Sam Farr

Pamela Barry
Rachel Dann
Rochelle Dornatt
Moira Hess
Troy Phillips
Edward Steiner
Ann Vaughan



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