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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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Office of

Diana Degette


Total cost of 23 office trips: $55,196.21


Trips by Diana Degette
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $49,936.36

Destination: FT. MYERS, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,010.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Society for Womens Health Research
Purpose: SPEAK AT A FORUM ON WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,028.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York University
Purpose: SPEAK AT SYMPOSIUM ON THE LEGAL ISSUES OF THE CLINTON IMPEACHMENT
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,032.00
source

Destination: PRAGUE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FORUM
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (10 days)
Expense: $3,997.00
source

Destination: DC-ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,070.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,857.61
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY IN MEDICINE AND RESEARCH
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE BIOCONFERENCE
Date: Nov 18, 2002
Expense: $410.00
source

Destination: TAMPA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: POLICY CONF
Date: Nov 30, 2002
Expense: $3,151.50
source

Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: POLICY TRIP
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,620.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONF. ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,293.82
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO GROUP
Date: Jul 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $140.00
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,689.51
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAKER ORIENTATION FOR NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,559.20
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Fordham University
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE FORDHAM SUMMIT ON BIO-PHARMACEUTICALS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $858.72
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,316.00
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE - STUTTGART, GERMAN
Sponsor: French-Ameriocan Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP WITH FRENCH AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,386.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA-DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: DUBLIN, IRELAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA-EUROPE COOPERATIVE EFFORTS
Date: Aug 18, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $5,592.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Diana Degette

Shannon Good
Dawn Patrice Jackson
Meghan Taira



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