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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Paul Ryan


Total cost of 17 office trips: $68,951.41


Trips by Paul Ryan
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $48,215.49

Destination: NO TRAVEL COSTS AS I WAS IN THE AREA ON PERSONAL TRIP
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: ATTENDED CONFERENCE - HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE REGARDING TAX POLICY AND THE UNINSURED
Date: Aug 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $959.78
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, BIRMINGHAM, SELMA AL
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE TO ALABAMA
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,826.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C.
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: ECONOMIC POLICY RETREAT
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $520.79
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Tax Council
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,734.70
source

Destination: QATAR/BAHRAIN/UAE
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $19,800.76
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose:
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $382.12
source

Destination: PAUL-MILWAUKEE-FORT LAUDERDALE/NAPLES-WASHINGTON DC, JANNA-MILWAUKEE-FORT LAUDERDALE/NAPLES-MILWAUKEE
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPATION ON SOCIAL SECURITY
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $2,667.44
source

Destination: ASPEN
Sponsor: Claremont Institute
Purpose: REP. RYAN SPOKE AT THE CLAREMONT INSTITUTE'S POLICY CONFERENCE RE: SOCIAL SECURITY
Date: Aug 4, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,599.36
source

Destination: TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $14,724.54
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Paul Ryan

Leah Braesch
Peter Fotos
Joyce Meyer
Aimee Mikolajek
Cletus Willems



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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    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

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    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