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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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Office of

Jim Jeffords


Total cost of 87 office trips: $120,271.82


Trips by Jim Jeffords
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $43,143.78

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: EDUCATIONAL FINANCE GROUP
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON HIGHER EDUCATION LENDING ISSUES
Date: Feb 4, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,101.03
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,214.00
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,465.60
source

Destination: LONG BEACH, CA
Sponsor: LONG BEACH EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP SEAMLESS EDUCATION
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Jun 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,202.00
source

Destination: LAKE TAHOE, NV
Sponsor: Alliance of Western Milk Producers
Purpose: TO ATTEND DAIRY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $204.00
source

Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: GLOBE USA
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY AS WAYS OF REDUCING GAS EMISSIONS AND ADDRESSING GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $325.00
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Forum Club of the Palm Beaches Inc
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,354.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Transportation Research Board
Purpose: SPEECH TO TRANSPORTATION GROUP
Date: Oct 27, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,024.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Harlem Business Alliance
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT "PROFILES IN COURAGE" AWARDS DINNER
Date: Dec 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,334.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Date: Mar 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $681.17
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Purpose: TO ATTEND/SPEAK AT ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $895.28
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND JFK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT/THE COMMONWEALTH FUND BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,382.90
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 23, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,168.50
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,341.80
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: TO ENCOURAGE GREATER TRADE WITH THE STATE OF VERMONT AND TO INVESTIGATE THE CURRENT POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC STATUS OF CUBA
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,450.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Jeffords

Kimberly Barnes-O'connor
Edward Barron
Kathleen Black
Geoffrey Brown
Ken Connolly
Toby Croll
Jo-Ellen Darcy
Diane Derby
Sean Donohue
Ryan Erenhouse
Scott Giles
Laurie Heim
Shannon Heyck-Williams
Mary Katherine Ishee
Sherry Kaiman
Justin King
William Kurtz
Andrew Meyer
Christopher Miller
Kim Monk
Catharine Ransom
Mary Frances Repko
Bryan Richardson
Arthur Rosenfeld
Susan Russ
Eric Silva
Jennifer Anne Smulson
Jeffrey Squires
Joshua Stahl
Erik Steavens
Alison Taylor
Cameron Taylor
Kevin Veller
Mitch Warren
Margaret Wetherald
Malcolm Woolf



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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.