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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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  • 08.27.15

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Office of

Norman Dicks


Total cost of 24 office trips: $80,944.74


Trips by Norman Dicks
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $71,147.73

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $6,171.20
source

Destination:
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: TO ADDRESS ANNUAL AEL-CIO MARITIME TRADES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 8, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,644.90
source

Destination: DC-PANAMA CITY, PANAMA-SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: STEVEDORING SERVICES OF AMERICA
Purpose: SECURITY CONCERNS OF CANAL AREA, REVERTED LAND FROM U.S. MILITARY-PORT DEVELOPMENT
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,603.10
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,913.36
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CFR PANEL EVENT ON "BUSH'S DEFENSE POLICY PROPOSAL"
Date: May 13, 2002
Expense: $335.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SUMMIT FOR DIALOGUE BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS & GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS WAYS TO STIMULATE U.S. ECONOMY
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,657.05
source

Destination: SEATTLE-LOS ANGELES-DC
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON GLOBAL HAWK, EA6B, B2 AND FIRE SCOUT PROGRAMS
Date: Nov 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $702.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $8,035.45
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMITT DIALOGUE BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $4,889.90
source

Destination: LA
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose: BRIEFING AND TOUR OF C-17 AIRCRAFT AND AIRCRAFT PROTECTION SYSTEM. TOUR OF AF SATELLITE PRODUCTION FACILITIES
Date: Apr 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,117.33
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: PALMDALE, CA FOR BRIEFINGS ON B-2 PROGRAM, GLOBAL HAWK E10 PROGRAM-SPACE PARK-EL SEGUNDO FOR BRIEFINGS ON CLASSIFIED PROGRAMS
Date: Nov 10, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,234.65
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA-MANZANILLO, MEXICO-PANAMA CITY, PANAMA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: SSA MARINE INC
Purpose: TO OBSERVE OPERATIONS & EFFICIENCIES OF SSA, MARINE, INC MARINE & RAIL TERMINALS IN OVERSEAS PORTS. SSA MARINE RESPONSIBLE FOR OPERATION OF PORTS OF TACOMA & PORT ANGELES. BRIEFINGS PROVIDED SSA OFFICIALS EMPHASIZED DIFFERENT PERSONNEL & INFRASTRUCTURE R
Date: Dec 1, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,390.73
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $6,925.68
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Raydon Corporation
Purpose: TO VISIT THE ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY CONFERENCE TO VIEW CONVOY TRAINEES, UP-ARMORED HMMWV TRAINERS, TABLETOP TRAINER & VIRTUAL SOLDIER AND TRAINERS FOR THE ABRAMS & BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLES
Date: Feb 17, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $985.41
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA - LAS VEGAS, NV - DC
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER TO EXECUTIVE BOARD TO PROVIDE INSIGHT ON THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES OF CONCERN TO THE AMERICAN MARITIME INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $755.87
source

Destination: NYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $17,382.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Norman Dicks

Kurt Beckett
Alyson Daly
Andrew Hunter
Colin Sheldon
Lesley Turner



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