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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

Henry Bonilla


Total cost of 23 office trips: $52,324.13


Trips by Henry Bonilla
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $28,085.63

Destination: MIDLAND, DELL CITY, FT STOCKTON
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: OVERSIGHT OF PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE FACILITIES
Date: Aug 28, 2000
Expense: $1,487.50
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: GMA EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose:
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,032.13
source

Destination: AWARD PRESENTATION
Sponsor: TEXAS RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION
Purpose: AWARD PRESENTATION
Date: Mar 27, 2002
Expense: $1,795.25
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Association of Crop Insurers
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,759.24
source

Destination: S.A-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Toyota Motor Corporation
Purpose: OFFICIAL EVENT
Date: Feb 10, 2003
Expense: $944.00
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: NY, NY
Sponsor: AMI
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,649.58
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,051.70
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: INTERVIEW ON THE DAILY SHOW
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,174.59
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: SUBSTANTIAL PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 21, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,233.69
source

Destination: LGA
Sponsor: Goldman Sachs Group
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 24, 2005
Expense: $289.24
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-TEL AVIV
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $9,890.71
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Henry Bonilla

Carolyn Hensarling
Marcus Lubin
Mary Pearson
Kelly Ploeg
Stephen Ruhlen



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