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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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Office of

Ken Calvert


Total cost of 35 office trips: $65,885.66


Trips by Ken Calvert
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $22,916.19

Destination: GENERIC DRUG SPEECH
Sponsor: Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT ANNUAL GENERIC DRUG CONVENTION
Date: Nov 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $690.57
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Destination: DC - SFO - SAN JOSE - SACRAMENTO - SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Association of California Water Agencies
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,229.23
source

Destination:
Sponsor: National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Oct 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,025.46
source

Destination: FLY FROM CORONA, CA TO IMPERIAL, CA AND BACK
Sponsor: METROPOLITAN WATER DIST OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 25, 2002
Expense: $357.47
source

Destination: SF-V.A.-ONT.
Sponsor: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $499.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Urban Water Institute
Purpose: TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Aug 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $305.00
source

Destination: OAKLAND
Sponsor: Jacobs Engineering Group
Purpose: VISIT AND INSPECT LAWRENCE LIVERMORE LABORATORY
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $475.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 28, 2004
Expense: $323.17
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-RIYAD, SAUDI ARABIA-SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Ziyad Abduljawad
Purpose: TO MEET WITH U.S. EMBASY, CONSULATE OFFICIALS, AND HIGH LEVEL SAUDI GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO PROMOTE DISCOURSE AND BETTER RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. (*NOTE: DUE TO SECURITY RISKS, I STAYED IN A PRIVATE HOME WHERE MEALS WERE PROVIDED. BELOW IS MY BE
Date: Dec 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,789.90
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Destination: NAPA VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: America's Trust Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATED ON PANEL DISCUSSIONS DISCUSSING FEDERAL ISSUES TO INCLUDE PORT CAPACITY AND SECURITY ISSUES; WINE INDUSTRY CONCERNS (PIERCE'S; CONSOLIDATION IN THE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $7,221.39
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ken Calvert

Maria Bowie
Robert Carretta
Troy Clarke
Deanna Contreras
Caroline Eklund
Dave Everett
Deron Mcelroy
Jolyn Murphy
Chris Pedigo
Tami Plofchan
David Ramey
Linda Ulrich



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

    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