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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Doc Hastings


Total cost of 43 office trips: $70,863.32


Trips by Doc Hastings
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $18,369.93

Destination: UNITED KINGDOM
Sponsor: BNFL Nuclear Services Inc
Purpose: VISIT SALLAFIELD NUCLEAR SITE
Date: Jan 17, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $7,813.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER-WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Exchange-Monitor Publications Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 22, 2001
Expense: $859.66
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Exchange-Monitor Publications Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT ON NUCLEAR POLICY
Date: Oct 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,416.71
source

Destination: PASCO, WA - TUCSON, AZ - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: WASTE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIA, INC.
Purpose: SPEAKER ON DOE AND WHAT CONGRESS CAN EXPECT TO DO WITH THE FY '05 BUDGET REQUEST FOR CLEAN UP PROGRAMS
Date: Feb 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,202.90
source

Destination: YAKIMA, WA - STUART ISLAND, B.C. - PASCO, WA
Sponsor: Washington Group International Inc
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN AN ENERGY SYMPOSIUM FOCUSED ON NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY
Date: Jul 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,170.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: US Apple Association
Purpose: SPEAKER AT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION MEETING
Date: Aug 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,067.66
source

Destination: MR. HASTINGS: DC-PHOENIX, AZ-PASCO, WA MRS. HASTINGS: PASCO, WA-PHOENIX, AZ-PASCO, WA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Doc Hastings

Jessica Baker
James Brown
Ed Cassidy
Jon Devaney
Elizabeth Fortunato
Jessica Gleason
Jennifer Gorski
J Stevens Lanich
Jeff Markey
Tyler Prout
Jennifer Scott
Jenn Spurgat
Staci Stevenson
Douglas Stout
Stephanie Thornton
Tiffany Turner
Todd Young



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