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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

Spencer Bachus


Total cost of 83 office trips: $154,861.20


Trips by Spencer Bachus
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $19,409.10

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,076.00
source

Destination: BHAM ALA TO SANTA FE TO SOLANA BEACH, CA
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,778.23
source

Destination: LA JOLLA, CA TO BHAM, ALA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: AAR LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,043.70
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: "THE HUMAN MOMENT" RETREAT
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,491.50
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: American Securitization Forum
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $777.26
source

Destination: BUDAPEST
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 29, 2004 (15 days)
Expense: $9,023.26
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FL TO BHAM, AL
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,377.51
source

Destination: DC TO MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: Hyundai Motor America
Purpose: GRAND OPENING CEREMONY
Date: May 20, 2005
Expense: $841.64
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Spencer Bachus

Jennifer Bellamy
Betty Bennett
Julie Busbee
Gerry Cashin
Tiffany Cobb
Johanna Cole
Jeff Emerson
Shayne Gill
Alan Hanson
Kyle Hicks
Gilbert Johnston
Evan Keefer
Larry Lavender
Jason Reese
Michael Staley
Warren Tryon



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