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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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  • 08.27.15

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Office of

Lois Capps


Total cost of 26 office trips: $43,881.56


Trips by Lois Capps
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $35,683.85

Destination: HYDERABAD-BANGALORE
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON US-INDIA RELATIONS AND BILATERAL TRADE
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $8,706.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: STRENGTHEN BIPARTISANSHIP IN THE HOUSE
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: DC-SEATTLE-SANTA BARBARA
Sponsor: PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,460.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: MT OLIVET LUTHERAN CHURCH
Purpose: SPEECH ABOUT CURRENT ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS
Date: Feb 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,907.38
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE AND THE HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: FACTFINDING ABOUT U.S. CAPITAL MARKETS AND INT'L DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $851.91
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: PACIFIC LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Purpose: RECEIPT OF HONORARY DEGREE AND SPEECH
Date: Sep 21, 2002
Expense: $277.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PRAYER, POLITICS, AND RECONCILIATION RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $398.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: THE CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: University of California at Los Angeles
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: Jun 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $288.00
source

Destination: POTOMAC, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: RETREAT AND DISCUSSION WITH THICH NHAT HANH
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $221.00
source

Destination: DES MOINES, IA-GENEVA, SWITZERLAND-SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Swiss Foundation for World Affairs
Purpose: OBSERVE THE SIGNING OF THE "GENEVA ACCORD" PEACE AGREEMENT BETWEEN ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN LEADERS. MEET WITH OFFICIALS FROM OTHER GOVERNMENTS CONCERNING U.S. ROLE IN MIDDLE EAST PEACEMAKING
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $7,483.87
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA-PALM SPRINGS-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $977.69
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Purpose: FACT FINDING IN ISRAEL AND THE WEST BANK
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $5,078.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $105.50
source

Destination: NEW HAVEN, CT
Sponsor: Yale University
Purpose: SPEECH ON NURSING AND PUBLIC POLICY
Date: Jun 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,032.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR-FAIRBANKS, AK-ARCTIC VILLAGE, ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE-KAKTOVIK-FAIRBANKS-SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, EARTHJUSTICE, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, WORLD WILDLIFE FUND
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OIL DRILLING, ENERGY, AND WILDERNESS ISSUES
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,506.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
Sponsor: National Democratic Institute
Purpose: MONITORING THE PALESTINIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Date: Jan 4, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,717.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Lois Capps

Clare Dowling
Randolph Harrison
Jonathan Levenshus
Brigid O'brien
Jeremy Rabinovitz
Jeremy Tittle



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