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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

Bernard Sanders


Total cost of 21 office trips: $38,089.49


Trips by Bernard Sanders
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $27,937.70

Destination: LA, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Americans for Democratic Action
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT ADA CONFERENCE & PARCIPATE IN CONFERENCE MEETINGS
Date: Apr 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,263.35
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA; NEW ORLEANS LA
Sponsor: Georgetown University
Purpose: TO SPEAK/PARTICIPATE: TRAINING INSTITUTES 2000-G. UNIVERSITY
Date: Jun 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $958.21
source

Destination: FLIGHTS FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CA TO LOS ANGELES AND LOS ANGELES TO BARLINGTON, VERMON
Sponsor: American Booksellers Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL AND EVENTS AT BOOK EXPO CONVENTION
Date: May 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $854.50
source

Destination: TORONTO, CANADA
Sponsor: American Library Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK ABOUT LIBRARY LEGISLATION AT THE JOINT AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AND CANADIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 21, 2003
Expense: $1,198.57
source

Destination: BURLINGTON, VT TO BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: NEW ENGLAND BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE NEW ENGLAND BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION TRADE SHOW AND CONFERENCE ON THE PATRIOT ACT AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
Date: Oct 25, 2003
Expense: $223.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO - O'HARA - MADISON, WI - BURLINGTON, VT
Sponsor: Free Press
Purpose: TO SPEAK AND PARTICIPATE ON PANELS AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDIA REFORM IN MADISON, WI.
Date: Nov 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $898.00
source

Destination: BURLINGTON, VT-WASHINGTON, D.C.-EL PASO, TX-JUAREZ MEXICO-MEXICO CITY- WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose: TO STUDY EFFECTS OF TRADE POLICY AND ATTENDED MEETINGS WITH OFFICIALS AND A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY LEADERS.
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,822.57
source

Destination: BURLINGTON, VT-LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: LOS ANGELES COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT LAWYER'S CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,368.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-PHILADELPHIA-HARTFORD, CT
Sponsor: SMITH COLLEGE
Purpose: TO SERVE AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT SMITH COLLEGE EVENT
Date: Mar 26, 2004
Expense: $430.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-MIAMI, FLORIDA-PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMIT-DIALOGUE/MEETING 2006 BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS FROM THE NASDAQ LISTED COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $6,924.90
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: California Institute of Technology
Purpose: TO SERVE AS SPEAKER AT CAL TECH EVENT
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $270.10
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY - BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - FRANKFURT, GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUNDESTAG, GERMAN GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES AND EU AND NATO OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CURRENT ISSUES IN THE TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONSHIP
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $4,960.10
source

Destination: NEW YORK - CHAMPAIGN, IL - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: University of Illinois
Purpose: SPEAKER, MEDIA REFORM CONFERENCE
Date: May 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $479.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI-BURLINGTON, VT
Sponsor: Free Press
Purpose: SPEAKER, NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR MEDIA REFORM
Date: May 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $619.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - NEW YORK CITY - BURLINGTON, VERMONT
Sponsor: American Booksellers Association
Purpose: TO ADDRESS THE BOOKSELLERS FOUNDATION
Date: Jun 3, 2005
Expense: $666.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bernard Sanders

Michael Behan
Sandra Caron
Warren Gunnels
Jeffrey Weaver



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