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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

Scott Garrett


Total cost of 19 office trips: $62,307.82


Trips by Scott Garrett
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $48,676.56

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $9,559.62
source

Destination: SRI LANKA
Sponsor: Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $13,003.08
source

Destination: SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA (ROK)
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: FAMILIARIZATION TRIP TO KOREA DMZ
Date: Nov 29, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $19,465.60
source

Destination: TAIPEI, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FAMILIARIZATION/EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO TAIWAN
Date: Jan 12, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $5,080.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: MEMBER'S RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $584.72
source

Destination: ASHBURN VA. VIA CAR TO GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ISSUE EDUCATION
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $271.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-NEW YORK CITY-SUSSEX, NJ
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TRIP TO DISCUSS ISSUES AFFECTING THE CAPITAL MARKETS
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $496.04
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Purpose: PRESENTER/SPEAKER AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $216.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Scott Garrett

Gina Diorio
Jason Fahrer
Evan Kozlow
Jacqueline Moran
Chris Russell



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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  • 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

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    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