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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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  • 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

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  • 08.27.15

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Office of

Loretta Sanchez


Total cost of 42 office trips: $82,911.24


Trips by Loretta Sanchez
Total cost of congressperson's 31 trips: $61,579.89

Destination: DC - INDIANAPOLIS - LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: City of Indianapolis Ind
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $587.00
source

Destination: DC-ISRAEL-SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $6,485.05
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: May 19, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,367.36
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $100.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: International City/County Management Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 12, 2001
Expense: $125.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA - MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MCALLEN, TX
Sponsor: US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,488.54
source

Destination: MCALLEN, TX - LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $424.00
source

Destination: DALLAS - AUSTIN - ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 17, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $744.25
source

Destination: PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA - HONG KONG - TAIWAN
Sponsor: OCCACC, SAGA, CPIFA, TMFA
Purpose: FACT FINDING, TRADE PROMOTION
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $4,853.96
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,525.96
source

Destination: LAX - LAS VEGAS - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $478.00
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,209.80
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY
Sponsor: American Jewish Congress
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, BUSINESS & TRADE PROMOTION
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,571.22
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,249.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE (NYSE) & HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE (HDI)
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND MEETINGS
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $601.06
source

Destination: LAX-HILTON HEAD, SC-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Drug Information Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 28, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,944.82
source

Destination: MIAMI-HAVANA-MIAMI
Sponsor: Willaim C Velasquez Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING & MEETINGS
Date: May 25, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $4,020.00
source

Destination: ST. PAUL, MN
Sponsor: NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Date: Jun 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $728.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - PORTLAND, OREGON - LAX
Sponsor: Planned Parenthood
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 28, 2003
Expense: $1,461.68
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Willaim C Velasquez Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 9, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,550.00
source

Destination: LAX - DALLAS - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Hispanic Women's Network of Texas
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,636.00
source

Destination: LAX - SEATTLE - SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: MEETINGS & FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,598.36
source

Destination: DALLAS - PHOENIX - ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Sponsor: Hispanic Women's Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 24, 2003
Expense: $662.00
source

Destination: LAX - BOSTON - NY
Sponsor: JFK FOUNDATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $943.54
source

Destination: WESTIN MISSION HILLS
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CA DELEGATION BI-PARTISAN RETREAT MEETINGS
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,290.42
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES-SAN FRANCISCO-ORANGE COUNTY
Sponsor: Bank of New York
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,603.34
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES-MIAMI-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 8, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,310.15
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX - PHOENIX, AZ - ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004
Expense: $788.24
source

Destination: ORANGE COUNTY, CA-BOZEMAN, MT-LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: National Public Lands Grazing Campaign/American Lands Institute
Purpose: GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM GRAZING FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Aug 31, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $902.92
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA-TOKYO AND BANGKOK-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Thai Support Foundation Inc
Purpose: CULTURAL/EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE-SUPPORT FOUNDATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF SUPPLEMENTARY OCCUPATIONS AND RELATED TECHNIQUES
Date: Nov 27, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $8,037.50
source

Destination: SNA - PHX
Sponsor: Hispanic Women's Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 14, 2005 (-364 day)
Expense: $291.72
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Loretta Sanchez

Daniel Barba
Lee Godown
Ann Norris
Amy Slavin
Edward Steiner
Khoi Ta



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