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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

Hilda Solis


Total cost of 25 office trips: $29,907.82


Trips by Hilda Solis
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $18,468.54

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: LABORER'S INTERNATIONAL UNION
Purpose: KEY SPEAKER AT REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 29, 2001
Expense: $434.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: US-Mexico Cultural & Educational Foundation
Purpose:
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,488.54
source

Destination: MCALLEN, TEXAS
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $395.50
source

Destination: FT LAUDERDALE: MIAMI TO HAVANA
Sponsor: Willaim C Velasquez Institute
Purpose:
Date: Apr 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,214.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE/FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 2, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,584.00
source

Destination: EL SALVADOR TO NICARAGUA
Sponsor: THE SALVADOREAN AMERICAN NATIONAL NETWORK AND THE INTER-AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE/FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,039.00
source

Destination: LAX-BOSTON-WDC
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN CONFERENCE
Date: May 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,976.16
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / FACT FINDING, PUERTO RICO
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,559.50
source

Destination: EL PASO, TEXAS
Sponsor: LATIN AMERICA WORKING GROUP & WASHINGTON OFFICE ON LATIN AMERICA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,280.38
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,076.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Drum Major Institute
Purpose: SPEAKER AT PUBLIC POLICY SERIES
Date: Jun 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $490.34
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Amnesty International
Purpose: TO SPEAK REGARDING LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY HER ON CIUDAD JUAREZ
Date: Jul 2, 2005
Expense: $470.40
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: AMERICAN LEGACY FOUNDATION, COALITION TO PROMOTE MINORITY HEALTH, SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION, AMERICA'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS, BLUECROSSBLUE SHIELD ASSOC., AETNA, WELLPOINT, UNITED HEALTH GROUP
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,458.82
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Hilda Solis

Carina Armenta
Nidia Bautista
Jenny Blau
Jennifer Grodsky
Donald Lyster
Yvette Martinez
Laura Rodriguez



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