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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

Brad Miller


Total cost of 12 office trips: $30,291.58


Trips by Brad Miller
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $21,612.39

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: TOUR OF THE NASDAQ MARKETSITE
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: TO STUDY THE WORKINGS OF THE NASDAQ MARKET
Date: Mar 14, 2003
Expense: $646.99
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $6,620.55
source

Destination: TOURS OF THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE AND CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE INC., CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE, CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: TO STUDY DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS AT THE MARKETS
Date: Oct 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,302.62
source

Destination: TOUR OF THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: TO STUDY DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS AT THE MARKET
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,442.51
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL
Sponsor: THE FAITH AND POLITICS INSTITUTE/CONGRESSMAN BRAD MILLER CONTRIBUTED $500.00 PERSONAL FUNDS TO EXPENSES
Purpose: 2005 CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE TOURING HISTORIC SITES ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VOTING RIGHTS MARCH
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Comptel/ASCENT
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $299.04
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA-LONDON, ENGLAND-FRANKFURT (LANDSTUHL/RAMSTEIN AIR FORCE BASE), GERMANY-BERLIN, GERMANY-MUNICH, GERMANY-CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: BRING TOGETHER ELECTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS & GERMAN BUNDESTAG FOR DISCUSSIONS OF POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING US & EUROPE; TO DEVELOP INFORMAL CONNECTIONS W/ COLLEAGUES
Date: Jul 3, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $8,990.68
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Brad Miller

Thomas Koonce
Bryan Mitchell



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

    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