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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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Office of

Solomon Ortiz


Total cost of 49 office trips: $232,118.47


Trips by Solomon Ortiz
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $108,230.45

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: BOARD OF DIRECTORS RETREAT (ANNUAL EVENT)
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,629.09
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & TO IMPROVE TRADE RELATIONS WITH CHINA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (13 days)
Expense: $5,068.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATION
Date: May 29, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,950.00
source

Destination: JAPAN AND SINGAPORE
Sponsor: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEERING AND DAI NISSHIN CORPORATION
Purpose: FACT-FINDING WITH THE CITY GOVT OF CORPUS CHRISTI & THE PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI AS IT RELATES TO INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEXAS.
Date: Jan 28, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,432.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $5,050.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE - HONG KONG - SHANGHAI
Sponsor: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEERING & DAI NISSHIN CORP.
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO SECURE JOBS FOR THE 27TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,465.70
source

Destination: HONG KONG - SINGAPORE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 26, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $7,897.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,346.00
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Sponsor: Marathon Oil Corporation
Purpose: TO GIVE BRIEFING ON MARATHON OIL PROJECT TO THE U.S. EMBASSY
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,926.00
source

Destination: HONG KONG TO DONG GUAN CITY TO GUANGZHOU CITY TO SHANGHAI CITY TO SHENYANG CITY TO BEIJING
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND A TRADE MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (17 days)
Expense: $9,075.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO/NEWARK
Sponsor: SONY MUSIC/SONY ELECTRONICS/ALTRIA/TIME WARNER/PFIZER/COLA/FANNIE MAE/VERIZON/ASTRAZENECA/AVENTIS/ELI LILLY/GLAXOSMITHKLINE/PHRMA/PUERTO RICO TELEPHONE.
Purpose: "TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT" TO IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE CONG. HISPANIC CAUCUS; THE CONG. BLACK CAUCUS & THE CONG. ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CAUCUS.
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,736.66
source

Destination: HONG KONG - BEIJING - HONG KONG
Sponsor: Integrity Communications
Purpose: TRADE MISSION
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $5,300.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO/TAIPEI/HONG KONG/BEIJING/TAIPEI/LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 7, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $4,700.00
source

Destination: MIAMI - SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MIAMI
Sponsor: Asociacion Dominicana de Zonas Francas
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN RELATION TO FREE TRADE WITH THE USA
Date: Apr 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,260.00
source

Destination: HONG KONG - BEIJING - HONG KONG
Sponsor: Integrity Communications
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 29, 2004 (11 days)
Expense: $4,300.00
source

Destination: L.A./TAIPEI, TAIWAN/KAOHSIUNG/TAIPEI/L.A.
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP/MEETING WITH HIGH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,250.00
source

Destination: BEIJING TO GUANGZHOU
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $4,745.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE-BEIJING-HONG KONG
Sponsor: THE LAW OFFICES OF FILEMON VELA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 1, 2005 (13 days)
Expense: $11,100.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Solomon Ortiz

Denise Blanchard
Todd Curry
David Garcia
Jonathan Gracia
Marvin King
John Mcgregor
Vickie Plunkett
Florencio Rendon
Patricia Villareal



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