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teaching-teachers

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Trips by*

Kenneth Kraft


Total cost of 10 trips: $52,732.51


Trips traveled under the office of David Hobson

Destination: JAKARTA, YOGYAKARTA, AND BALI, INDONESIA
Sponsor: United States-Indonesia Society
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $6,766.50
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Jan 2, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,131.26
source

Destination: BRUSSELS
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: ASSESS EUROPEAN UNION AND NATO ENLARGEMENT AND REORGANIZATION
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,565.20
source

Destination: JAPAN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR JAPANESE NUCLEAR ENERGY FACILITIES
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,593.38
source

Destination: GERMANY
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: TOUR UNITED STATES MILITARY AND GENERAL ATOMICS INSTALLATIONS
Date: Aug 15, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $7,192.83
source

Destination: BEIRUT, LEBANON - DAMASCUS, SYRIA - BEIRUT, LEBANON
Sponsor: American Task Force for Lebanon
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FROM LEBANON AND SYRIA ABOUT FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENSE, AND TRADE MATTERS
Date: May 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,581.24
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND - NORMANDY, FRANCE
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: TO VISIT BRITISH DEFENSE INSTALLATIONS, PRIVATE AND UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FACILITIES, UNITED STATES NAVY RESEARCH ACTIVITIES, AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION SITE
Date: Jul 25, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $11,554.90
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Purpose: TO UNDERSTAND BETTER U.S.-SINGAPORE TRADE AND DEFENSE RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,038.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON - ULAAN BAATAR - NEW YORK
Sponsor: International Republican Institute
Purpose: TO ASSIST THE STATE GREAT HURAL (PARLIAMENT OF MONGOLIA) TO ESTABLISH COMMITTEE RULES AND HEARING PROCEDURES
Date: Dec 12, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,664.00
source

Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO-MARRAKECH-CASABLANCA
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: EXPLORE MOROCCAN ISSUES-ESPECIALLY RELATIONSHIP WITH U.S., FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC REFORM IN MOROCCO, WESTERN SAHARA DISPUTE
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kenneth Kraft.


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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.