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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

Scott Mcinnis


Total cost of 34 office trips: $90,150.81


Trips by Scott Mcinnis
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $53,730.59

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,934.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATION ON LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE PANEL
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,533.53
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
Sponsor: VAIL FOUNDATION, AEI
Purpose: WORLD FORUM
Date: Jun 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $475.00
source

Destination: JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,813.21
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: National Parks & Conservation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 8, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $5,144.10
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 18, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $5,950.30
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: ST MARY'S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Purpose: TO GIVE LAW SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,206.22
source

Destination: PASCAGOULA, MS
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: MESA VERDE KEEL LAYING
Date: Feb 25, 2003
Expense: $1,210.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,696.90
source

Destination: KLAMUTH FALLS, OR TO SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: BNSF FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $8,106.08
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: 2003 WORLD FORUM
Date: Jun 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $954.00
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NM TO SOLONIA BEACH, CA
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,696.45
source

Destination: LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PANELIST AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,898.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MIAMI TO GROUND JUNCTION, COLORADO
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SUMMIT - SERVED ON PANEL
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $5,612.80
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC (DULLES) TO TAIWAN (CKS INTERNATIONAL) AND RETURN TO DENVER, CO
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,500.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Scott Mcinnis

Christopher Allen
Mitchell Butler
Christopher Hatcher
Michael Hesse
Jon Hrobsky
J. Karen Paulson
Jason Reese
David Sprenger



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