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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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  • 08.27.15

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BOSWELL, LEONARD L, Democratic Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $22,648.63

Average cost per trip - $2,264.86
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 276 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 Bi-partisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodging expenses

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $660.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Agriculture committee retreat
Notes - Accompanied by wife Darlene Boswell

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $482.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Osceola, IA

Purpose - Roundtable discussion on the 2002 Farm Bill and pheasant hunt
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $285.72
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $44.51
Other Cost - $195.00
Total Cost - $525.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft Corporation
Dates - July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Microsoft campus visit
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,389.18
Lodging Cost - $1,047.08
Meal Cost - $1,061.96
Other Cost - $526.14
Total Cost - $7,024.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Greater Des Moines Partnership
Dates - May 16, 2003 - May 20, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Trade mission
Notes - Other costs are for 'registration fee' (includes ground transportation, visa fees, departure fees, some meals)_

Travel Cost - $1,257.00
Lodging Cost - $530.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $350.00
Total Cost - $2,137.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Association of America, Community Financial Services of America
Dates - June 27, 2003 - June 29, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Community Financial Services Association Deferred Deposit forum
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,900.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,150.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 27, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,353.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,034.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,262.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Food Prize
Dates - March 14, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Des Moines, IA

Purpose - World Food Prize Event
Notes - Des Moines, IA - Washington Dulles

Travel Cost - $1,010.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $34.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,044.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - April 10, 2005 - April 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Ag Committee Members Visit to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade
Notes - Des Moines - Chicago - Washington

Travel Cost - $679.41
Lodging Cost - $615.71
Meal Cost - $143.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,439.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - DCA - Birmingham - Montgomery - Selma - DSM Personal expense: ***$500.00 paid towards the cost of trip

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No

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

    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.