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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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  • 08.27.15

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Office of

Jennifer Dunn


Total cost of 51 office trips: $134,960.74


Trips by Jennifer Dunn
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $24,957.33

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM'S ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 26, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $7,490.53
source

Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Tax Coalition
Purpose: A SPEECH
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $358.06
source

Destination: ZURICH
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM'S ANNUAL MTG.
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,161.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Ernst & Young LLP
Purpose: ADDRESS ERNST & YOUNG EXEC.S AND ATTEND THE CATALYST DINNER
Date: Apr 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $893.62
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVA
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: SPEECH TO THEIR EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $980.26
source

Destination: GREENBRIER-NEW YORK CITY (LA GUARDIA)-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,802.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Destination: FROM DALLAS TO LONDON, UK TO SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: RIPON EDUCATIONAL FUND TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE IN LONDON, ENGLAND
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,271.86
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jennifer Dunn

Douglas Badger
Vergil Cabasco
Ashley Cohen
Ruel Dunn
James Hager
Douglas Lathrop
Ben Lenderman
Paul Schlegel
Pierce Scranton
Yelena Vaynberg



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.