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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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  • 08.27.15

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COMBEST, LARRY, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $14,324.58

Average cost per trip - $1,790.57
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 376 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Cotton Warehouse Association of America
Dates - June 23, 2000 - June 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Address their annual meeting
Notes - "Note: The Hotel provided a complimentary room to the Association; they were not charged, but this would have been the cost for 2 nights)

Travel Cost - $293.50
Lodging Cost - $278.00
Meal Cost - $97.09
Other Cost - $154.00
Total Cost - $822.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 6, 2000 - August 8, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Steamboat Springs, CO

Purpose - Talk about farm legislation
Notes - Accompanied by wife Sharon Combest -- other expenses are "rent car, fuel, parking"

Travel Cost - $1,308.60
Lodging Cost - $370.12
Meal Cost - $97.14
Other Cost - $153.51
Total Cost - $1,929.37

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Agriculture Committee Retreat
Notes - Accompanied by wife Sharon Combest

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Horse Council
Dates - October 26, 2001 - October 28, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding - visit with Association members re: horse issues
Notes - Spouse Sharon Combest accompanied. Other costs are for taxi and train to racetrack

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $785.42
Meal Cost - $726.00
Other Cost - $110.00
Total Cost - $2,121.42

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Illinois Farm Bureau
Dates - December 2, 2001 - December 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Keynote address to 2001 annual meeting
Notes - Other costs are for cab

Travel Cost - $381.00
Lodging Cost - $201.02
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $602.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cotton Council
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - speak to NCC annual meeting
Notes - spouse Sharon Combest -- spouse dates of travel: Feb. 9-10, DC to Dallas

Travel Cost - $3,932.18
Lodging Cost - $190.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,232.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Texas Independent Ginners' Association
Dates - March 11, 2002 - March 12, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Worth, TX

Purpose - address general session and president's dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $878.50
Lodging Cost - $135.72
Meal Cost - $44.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,058.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cotton Council
Dates - February 9, 2003 - February 10, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Address national meeting on agricultural issues
Notes - Spouse Sharon Combest accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,838.00
Lodging Cost - $210.56
Meal Cost - $27.82
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,076.38

Additional family members - Yes

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.