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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

John Linder


Total cost of 35 office trips: $130,101.96


Trips by John Linder
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $91,198.29

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Americans For Fair Taxation Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,030.13
source

Destination: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Americans For Fair Taxation Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $861.64
source

Destination: VIENNA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 15, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $10,292.24
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OREGON
Sponsor: AMERICAN SPIRIT FUND
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,367.40
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,023.00
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $18,784.69
source

Destination: ATLANTA-DES MOINES, IOWA
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 3, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $909.88
source

Destination: TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN-ATLANTA
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $853.00
source

Destination: JACKSON, MS
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 6, 2003
Expense: $655.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL-JORDAN
Sponsor: Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development
Purpose: TO STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING WHILE PROMOTING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & JOINT VENTURES DEFENSE AEROSPACE HOMELAND SECURITY MISSION OF PEACE
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $19,650.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA-WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,681.00
source

Destination: FRANKFURT, BUDAPEST
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $9,217.31
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,654.20
source

Destination: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $951.80
source

Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, AND IN THE PROCESS, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT & WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: ATL-HOU-IAD
Sponsor: Tax Leadership Council
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD & ITS SUPPORTERS ABOUT THE PROSPECT FOR TAX REFORM IN THE 109TH CONGRESS
Date: Apr 11, 2005
Expense: $9,000.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GEORGIA-DENVER, COLORADO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Americans For Fair Taxation Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 25, 2005
Expense: $10,863.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Linder

Jennifer Coxe
William Evans
Scott Haggard
Kimberly Herb
Gretchen Learman
Henry Plaster
Julie Schmidt
Michael Swansburg
Rob Woodall
William Woodall



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