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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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Office of

Bob Barr


Total cost of 39 office trips: $60,510.99


Trips by Bob Barr
Total cost of congressperson's 30 trips: $53,398.58

Destination: SEA ISLAND, GA
Sponsor: Awakening Atlanta Ga
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $950.94
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $674.60
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: BD. MTG./SPEECH
Date: Jan 15, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $959.51
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE
Sponsor: SOUTHERN REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 22, 2000
Expense: $275.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: NATIONAL FRANCHISE ASSN
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 9, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $588.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: INTERVIEW
Date: May 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $428.60
source

Destination: ABESCON, NJ
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $768.80
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 24, 2000
Expense: $615.00
source

Destination: HILTON HEAD, SC
Sponsor: Georgia Credit Union Affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 13, 2000
Expense: $358.40
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Citizens United
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,518.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: MEETING
Date: Jan 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,839.50
source

Destination: ARLINGTON, VA
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $542.10
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: HARVARD-BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 13, 2001
Expense: $554.65
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NORTH CAROLINA BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 27, 2001
Expense: $784.50
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES-SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY AND FAIRBANKS REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY
Purpose: SPEECHES
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,022.00
source

Destination: SPCH. RICHMOND LAW SCHOOL FEDERALIST SOCIETY, RICHMOND
Sponsor: Federalist Society
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 2, 2001
Expense: $101.00
source

Destination: DXB-DOH
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING/SPEECH
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $18,000.00
source

Destination: LEBANON
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2001
Expense: $280.00
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: Egypt's International Economic Forum
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 12, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,700.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL GOP
Purpose:
Date: Apr 24, 2001
Expense: $97.90
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 18, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $8,676.63
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Tau Kappa Epsilon
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 3, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $839.14
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,859.20
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: POLITICALLY INCORRECT & WEDNESDAY MORNING GROUP
Purpose: INTERVIEW & SPEECH
Date: Sep 27, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $692.18
source

Destination: LONG ISLAND
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 30, 2001
Expense: $2,100.82
source

Destination: ORLANDO
Sponsor: SEMINOLE COUNTY FLORIDA REPUBLICAN PARTY
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,264.61
source

Destination: HAMPTON, GA
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 18, 2001
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: DCA
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: BOARD MEETING
Date: Jan 12, 2002
Expense: $1,173.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: MEETING
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,282.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bob Barr

Keri Allin
Jonathan Blyth
Sarah Dumont
Christopher Guith
Shannon Murray



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

    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

    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.
  • 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