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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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Back to The Data

Office of

John Tanner


Total cost of 33 office trips: $97,606.88


Trips by John Tanner
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $56,165.02

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Winn-Dixie Stores
Purpose: MEET W/WINN DIXIE OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,243.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Restaurant Association
Purpose: SPEECH, VISIT TRADE SHOW, MEET W/ CONSTITUENTS
Date: May 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,666.00
source

Destination: DC-PHOENIX-MEMPHIS
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: GIVE SPEECH
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,239.50
source

Destination: TAMPA - HAVANNA
Sponsor: Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy
Purpose: FACT FINDING, EDUCATIONAL & PEOPLE TO PEOPLE
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,285.00
source

Destination: MIAMI - HAVANNA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: DISCUSS TRADE ISSUES W/ CUBA
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,558.02
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CONSERVATION ISSUES
Date: Mar 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,458.00
source

Destination: DC - JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING - UNION CITY, TN
Sponsor: Community Financial Services Association of America
Purpose: FORUM ON PAYDAY ADVANCE INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,964.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR ON POLICY
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,170.68
source

Destination: HOMESTEAD, VA
Sponsor: Cigar Association of America
Purpose: GIVE A SPEECH; MEET W/ INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: Oct 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,650.19
source

Destination: MADAGASCAR-SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: Conservation International
Purpose: VIEW INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION PRACTICES & U.S. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (11 days)
Expense: $15,719.74
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEADERSHIP FORUM
Date: Jan 28, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,085.55
source

Destination: NAPA VALLEY
Sponsor: America's Trust Inc
Purpose: SEMINAR ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES; PORT SECURITY, WINE INDUSTRY CONCERNS
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $13,125.34
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Tanner

Laura Becker
Randall Ford
Earnest Goule
Chad Jenkins
Philip Schuyler
Franklin Thompson
Vickie Walling



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