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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Max Cleland


Total cost of 45 office trips: $77,995.73


Trips by Max Cleland
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $9,461.80

Destination: DELAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: STETSON UNIVERSITY
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH FOR STETSON UNIV. MODEL U.S. SENATE PROGRAM
Date: Mar 12, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $1,047.00
source

Destination: DELAND, FL
Sponsor: STETSON UNIVERSITY
Purpose: STETSON UNIVERSITY MODEL U.S. SENATE PROGRAM - SPEAKER
Date: Mar 12, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $219.78
source

Destination: SAVANNAH, GA
Sponsor: International Paper Co
Purpose: ANNUAL BOARD MEETING DINNER
Date: Apr 4, 2000
Expense: $433.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: POST PROPERTIES
Purpose: HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL CLUB - PARTICIPANT
Date: Apr 28, 2000
Expense: $622.00
source

Destination: COLUMBUS, GA
Sponsor: Bill Heard Enterprises Inc
Purpose: CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNCIL OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA - SPEAKER
Date: May 5, 2000
Expense: $630.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER - AMERICAN TRIAL LAWYERS CONVENTION
Date: Jul 31, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,278.70
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC
Sponsor: SOUTHEAST ECONOMIC ALLIANCE
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: Mar 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,328.49
source

Destination: DELAND, FL
Sponsor: STETSON UNIVERSITY
Purpose: STETSON UNIVERSITY MODEL U.S. SENATE - SPEAKER
Date: Mar 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,254.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: APPEAR ON "THIS WEEK WITH SAN DONALDSON AND COKIE ROBERTS"
Date: Apr 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,295.40
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Georgia Motor Trucking Association
Purpose: MAIN SPEAKER - GEORGIA MOTOR TRUCKING ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 17, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $308.93
source

Destination: THOMASVILLE, GA
Sponsor: Jackie Robinson Cairo Memorial Institute
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JACKIE ROBINSON STATE HISTORICAL MARKER DEDICATION SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET
Date: Feb 9, 2002
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: WARM SPRINGS, GA
Sponsor: Coca-Cola Co
Purpose: FDR ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY, LITTLE WHITE HOUSE-KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Apr 12, 2002
Expense: $759.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Max Cleland

Michael Andel
Daniel Barton
Krista Boyd
William Chapman
Ryan Dorfman
Adil Durrani
Eileen Fore
Hubert Howell
Wayne Howell
Marilouis Hudgins
Bill Johnstone
R Neal Martin
Simon Sargent
Jane Terry
Donni Turner
Andrew Vanlandingham
Charlotte Voorde



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

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    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