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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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Office of

Martin Frost


Total cost of 33 office trips: $59,131.50


Trips by Martin Frost
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $27,832.88

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, MONTGOMERY & SELMA, ALABAMA
Sponsor: THE FAITH & POLITICS INSTITUTE (PARTIAL PAYMENT)
Purpose: TO EDUCATE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ABOUT THE HISTORIC CIVIL RIGHTS IN ALABAMA
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,085.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO PARTICIPANTS AT THE ABA'S SUMMER MEETING
Date: Jul 27, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $7,245.00
source

Destination: JFK TO TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $5,453.18
source

Destination: DFW TO EL PASO, TEXAS
Sponsor: Israel Bonds
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THEIR ANNUAL DINNER IN EL PASO
Date: Nov 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $327.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PENN STATION, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,412.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-JT. LISTENING SESIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRON. JUSTICE BROWN TRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $480.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Feb 7, 2003
Expense: $2,528.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: University of Miami
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED SPOUSE TO UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI AT THE REQUEST OF THE PRESI
Date: Mar 24, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $4,743.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Southern Methodist University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 22, 2003
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEWARK, NJ (ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE)
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Mar 2, 2004
Expense: $2,558.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Martin Frost

Camisha Abels
Matt Angle
Ronnie Carleton
Jennifer Dean
Fernando Gomez
Jane Hamilton
Shannon Hillman
Lynndell Jones
Susan Mcavoy
Shannon Meissner
Wendy Skillern
Askia Suruma
Kristi Walseth
Sarah Wisner



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