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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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Office of

David Obey


Total cost of 26 office trips: $94,626.04


Trips by David Obey
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $73,299.01

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $4,676.00
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,599.60
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,568.60
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, B.C.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: May 30, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,952.04
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLANDS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,457.60
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,930.00
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $9,745.60
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,766.27
source

Destination: MEMBER: DC-SCOTTSDALE, AZ/TUCSON, AZ-LOS ANGELES, CA SPOUSE: SCOTTSDALE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $4,666.90
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,499.40
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO TO GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON U.S. RELATIONS WITH SOUTH AMERICA AND BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $6,976.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO VENICE, ITALY TO PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $6,961.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: Dick Gephardt Legacy Fund
Purpose: TRIBUTE EVENT FOR CONGRESSMAN DICK GEPHARDT
Date: Dec 9, 2004
Expense: $500.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of David Obey

Michelle Burkett
Paul Carver
Christina Hamilton
William Painter
David Sirota
Cheryl Smith
Melissa Vetterlund



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