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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

George Allen


Total cost of 68 office trips: $131,970.66


Trips by George Allen
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $12,361.11

Destination: NORFOLK, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: LM SANDLER & SONS INC
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONGREGATION BETH EL
Date: Nov 26, 2001
Expense: $1,725.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AS PART OF
Date: May 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,147.20
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Wyeth
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT ANNUAL MEETING FOR PHRMA AND PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES. MRS. ALLEN ACCOMPANIED SENATOR ALLEN ON THIS TRIP. HER EXPENSES ARE INCLUDED IN THE TOTALS
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,622.60
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT ANNUAL MEETING FOR PHRMA AND PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES. MRS. ALLEN ACCOMPANIED SENATOR ALLEN ON THIS TRIP. HER EXPENSES ARE INCLUDED IN THE TOTALS
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $911.75
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, A DIALOGUE BETWEEN LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. MRS. ALLEN ACCOMPANIED SENATOR ALLEN ON THIS TRIP. HER EXPENSES ARE INCLUDED IN THE TOTALS. THERE IS AN AMENDMENT TO LODGING, CHANGED FROM ORIG. $3,842.
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,327.34
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $705.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS LEADERS IN TECHNOLOGY TRADE SHOW
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $922.22
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of George Allen

Frank Cavaliere
Teresa Deroco
Kristin Elder
Ron Ivey
Kelly Kolb
Brent Perry
John Reid
Erin Sammons
Conrad Schelle
Stephen Taylor
Michael Thomas
Jay Timmons
Robert Turner
Paul Unger
Tucker Watkins



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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    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

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  • 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