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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

Bob Filner


Total cost of 14 office trips: $11,924.29


Trips by Bob Filner
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $7,911.55

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, MONTGOMERY, & SELMA, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $764.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA.
Sponsor: American Hellenic Council of California
Purpose: SPEECH & ACCEPTANCE OF AWARD
Date: May 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $649.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO - MOAB, UTAH - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: METROPOLITAN WATER DIST OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Purpose: INSPECTION OF HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE - BACKGROUND FOR APPROPS. REQUEST
Date: Jan 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $597.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO.
Sponsor: Air Force Sergeants Association
Purpose: ACCEPT AWARD
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,167.00
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,205.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLA.
Sponsor: WOMEN'S INT'L ORGANIZATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 8, 2002
Expense: $355.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Education Association (NEA)
Purpose: HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS DINNER AWARDEE
Date: Jun 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,065.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: University of California at Berkeley
Purpose: US-MEXICO FUTURES FORUM
Date: Sep 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,507.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: NEA
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONVENTION
Date: Jul 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $602.55
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bob Filner

Dana Arellano
Tony Buckles
Mario Lopez
Ian Pfeiffer



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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    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

    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