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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

Thomas Tancredo


Total cost of 30 office trips: $78,760.90


Trips by Thomas Tancredo
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $40,254.09

Destination: DXB-DOH
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 5, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,000.00
source

Destination: UAE IN COUNTRY
Sponsor: United Arab Emirates
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $650.00
source

Destination: QATAR IN-COUNTRY
Sponsor: University of Qatar
Purpose: ACCOMODATION AND MEAL EXPENSES IN-COUNTRY DURING CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TRIP
Date: Apr 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $690.00
source

Destination: UAE, QATAR, LEBANON
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2001
Expense: $140.00
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: Egypt's International Economic Forum
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 12, 2001
Expense: $800.00
source

Destination: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: ITKIB Association USA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP-CAUCUS ON US TURKISH RELATIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $13,616.66
source

Destination: HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: ATTEND 20TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDATAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,065.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO PHOENIX, AZ TO DENVER, CO
Sponsor: Federation for American Immigration Reform
Purpose: TO BE A SPEAKER AT EVENT
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $819.45
source

Destination: DENVER-WASHINGTON-PARIS-TOULOUSE
Sponsor: Airbus
Purpose: AVIATION FACT FINDING VISIT TO AIRBUS HEADQUARTERS
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $11,712.18
source

Destination: MISSOURI
Sponsor: Jasper County (MO) Republican Central Committee
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR JASPER COUNTY LINCOLN DAY DINNER
Date: Feb 12, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $760.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Tancredo

James Bergeron
Matthew Knoedler
Dan Kopelman
Greg Meyer
Molly Miller
Jacqueline Ponder
Jacque Powder
Christopher Rorick
Edmund Van Keuren
Mac Arthur Zimmerman
Macarthur Zimmernan



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