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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

Craig Thomas


Total cost of 51 office trips: $112,223.83


Trips by Craig Thomas
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $31,350.15

Destination: SNOWMASS, CO
Sponsor: Colorado State University
Purpose: SPEAK AT NATURAL RESOURCE CONFERENCE -- 1999 CONGRESS ON RECREATION AND RESOURCE CAPACITY
Date: Dec 2, 1999
Expense: $684.50
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT AMERICAN FARM BUREAU WATER QUALITY CONF.
Date: Jan 10, 2000
Expense: $1,436.00
source

Destination: VAIL, CO
Sponsor: Tom Brown Inc
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL INDEPENDENT PETROLEUM ASSOC. OF MOUNTAIN STATES (IPAMS) MEETING
Date: Jun 9, 2001
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Destination: CASPER, WY
Sponsor: M&N EQUIPMENT LLC
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CEREMONY FOR TRAINING CENTER
Date: Aug 23, 2001
Expense: $759.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL EVENT
Date: Sep 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $487.30
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,315.47
source

Destination: ANKARA, CAPPADOCIA, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: US Asia Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $9,460.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Colorado River Water Users Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND ANNUAL MEETING OF COLORADO RIVER WATER USERS ASSOC., GIVING A SPEECH & PARTICIPATING IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Dec 16, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $373.50
source

Destination: JACKSON, WY
Sponsor: Independent Petroleum Association of America
Purpose: TO GIVE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 21, 2003
Expense: $1,340.00
source

Destination: VAIL, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH AT INTERNATIONAL SWEETENER SYMPOSIUM
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $951.75
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING-ATTEND CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,042.63
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Craig Thomas

Brad Bunning
Cameron Hardy
Michael Hill
Chris Jahn
Jody Levin
Michael Moran
Daniel Naatz
Melissa Nelson
Kimberly Pinter
Cynthia Reed
Linda Rouse
David Schwietert
Pati Smith
Bryn Stewart
Celia Wallace
Shawn Whitman



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