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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

Leonard Boswell


Total cost of 18 office trips: $32,532.67


Trips by Leonard Boswell
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $22,648.56

Destination: WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER IN QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $482.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: 2001 BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $660.00
source

Destination: OSCEOLA, IOWA
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON THE 2002 FARM BILL AND PHEASANT HUNT
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $525.23
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,262.00
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: GREATER DES MOINES PARTNERSHIP
Purpose: TRADE MISSION
Date: May 16, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,137.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON/DULLES TO JACKSON HOLE, WY TO DES MOINES, IA
Sponsor: Community Financial Services Association of America
Purpose: CFSA DEFERRED DEPOSIT FORUM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,150.00
source

Destination: CONGRESSMAN BOSWELL-WASH. DULLES/SEATTLE/DES MOINES, DARLENE BOSWELL-DENVER/SEATTLE/DES MOINES
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: MICROSOFT CAMPUS VISIT
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $7,024.29
source

Destination: DCA-BIRMINGHAM-MONTGOMERY-SELMA-DSM
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: DES MOINES, IOWA - WASHINGTON DULLES
Sponsor: World Food Prize Foundation
Purpose: WORLD FOOD PRIZE EVENT
Date: Mar 14, 2005
Expense: $1,044.00
source

Destination: DES MOINES - CHICAGO - WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: AG COMMITTEE MEMBERS VISIT TO THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE AND THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Date: Apr 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,439.04
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Leonard Boswell

Sally Bowzer
Jay Byers
Elizabeth Carter
Heather Matson
Tammy Mcathey



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

    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