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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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    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

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    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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  • 08.27.15

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Office of

Pete Sessions


Total cost of 73 office trips: $178,737.50


Trips by Pete Sessions
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $65,506.55

Destination: ABA LEGISLATIVE LIASON ADVISORY CTTE
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: ADDRESS TO ABA LLAC ANNUAL MTG.
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,621.34
source

Destination: HIGH TECH FACT FINDING TRIP
Sponsor: TECH NET MASSACHUSETTS, KEANE INC
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 2, 2000
Expense: $744.85
source

Destination: DALLAS TO MIAMI, MIAMI TO DALLAS
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: SPOKE ON PANEL
Date: Jan 23, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,963.91
source

Destination: HOUSTON
Sponsor: SWAILES AND COMPANY
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE ENERGY SECURITY COUNCIL CONCERNING LEGISLATION
Date: Mar 19, 2001
Expense: $187.50
source

Destination: HOUSTON-DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: Vision America
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH TO THEIR ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
Date: Aug 23, 2001
Expense: $182.00
source

Destination: CHINA (SHANGHAI, XI'AN, BEIJING, BAOJI)
Sponsor: Association of Chinese Professionals
Purpose: MEET W/ BUSINESS & GOVERNMENT LEADERS TO PROMOTE COOPERATION & STRONG RELATIONS BETWEEN OUR COUNTRIES
Date: Aug 24, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,290.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Institute for Science and International Security
Purpose: MALAYSIAN EFFORT ON TERRORISM, TRADE
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $10,500.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $9,200.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: US Asia Foundation
Purpose: THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIP WAS TO FACILITATE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND IMPROVED BILATERAL RELATIONS WITH CHINA
Date: May 24, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $18,465.74
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: IMPROVING RELATIONS & ECONOMIC ISSUES IN ANTIGUA/BARBADOS
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,988.76
source

Destination:
Sponsor: US-Mexico Cultural & Educational Foundation
Purpose: NAFTA CONFERENCE & BI-NATIONAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Dec 3, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,737.56
source

Destination: LGA-NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT MARKET STRUCTURES AND OTHER REGULATORY ISSUES FACING SECURITIES MARKETS
Date: Jan 13, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $803.56
source

Destination:
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: SPEAK ON CONGRESSIONAL PANEL
Date: Jan 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,570.16
source

Destination: OFFICIAL 3119 STANFORD UNIV MED CENTER
Sponsor: Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation
Purpose: VIEW RESEARCH IN DOWN SYNDROME, AUTISM, PARKINSON'S
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,089.20
source

Destination: REPUBLICA DOMINICANA AND THEN TO ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2005 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC & ANTIGUA
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,161.97
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Pete Sessions

Calvert Anderson
Tucker Anderson
Matthew Bassett
Charles Bauer
Scott Cunningham
Guy Harrison
Orrin Harrison
Bobby Hillert
Jeff Koch
Elan Liang
Martin Mcguinness
Jacqueline Moran
Adrian Plesha
Joshua Saltzman
Christine Marie Sequenzia
Jeremy Van Haselen



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.

Recent Posts

  • 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