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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Jeff Sessions


Total cost of 59 office trips: $106,824.60


Trips by Jeff Sessions
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $21,685.35

Destination: DITCHLEY PARK, ENSTONE, CHIPPING NORTON, OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ditchley Foundation
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON "INTERNATIONAL ACTION ON ILLEGAL DRUGS"
Date: Mar 10, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,322.75
source

Destination: HUNTSVILLE, AL
Sponsor: A CONFERENCE ASSOCIATION OF 4 GROUPS: NATIONAL DEFENSE/INDUSTRY ASSOC., U.S. ARMY SPACE & MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND, ARMY SPACE & MISSILE DEFENSE ASSOC., AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY ASSOC., C/O SPACE & MISSILE DEFENSE CONFERENCE
Purpose: SPEECH TO SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 23, 2000
Expense: $1,700.00
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL TO ORANGE BEACH, AL
Sponsor: AAA Cooper Transportation
Purpose: TO GET TO ORANGE BEACH IN SHORT TIME PERIOD TO SPEAK TO ALABAMA TRUCKERS ASSOCIATION MEETING
Date: Apr 21, 2001
Expense: $365.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BIRMINGHAM, AL
Sponsor: SAMFORD UNIVERSITY
Purpose: SPEECH AT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY
Date: May 26, 2001
Expense: $650.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: HERITAGE FOUNDATION CONFERENCE/RETREAT
Date: Aug 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,345.29
source

Destination: GREENBRIER RESORT, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: REPUBLICAN SENATORS WORKING RETREAT
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $597.00
source

Destination: GADSDEN, AL TO MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: Alabama Electric Cooperative Inc
Purpose: ATTEND MEETING OF ALABAMA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE AND SPEAK AND PARTICIPATE IN GROUP DISCUSSION
Date: Apr 4, 2002
Expense: $1,370.65
source

Destination: POINT CLEAR, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Purpose: ATTEND, SPEAK AND PARTICIPATE IN BUSINESS COUNCIL OF ALABAMA'S ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 25, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $938.04
source

Destination: FLIGHT FROM HUNTSVILLE, AL TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
Purpose: TOUR OF LOCKHEED-MARTIN-COURTLAND FACILITY (GOT TO HUNTSVILLE BY AUTOMOBILE)
Date: Sep 30, 2002
Expense: $661.00
source

Destination: THE CLOISTER, SEA ISLAND, GA
Sponsor: Awakening Atlanta Ga
Purpose: SPEAK AT AWAKENING CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,098.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: ANNUAL ISSUES CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,760.00
source

Destination: THE CLOISTER, SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA
Sponsor: Awakening Atlanta Ga
Purpose: SPEAK AND PARTICIPATING AT AWAKENING CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,919.40
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMMAGE TO ALABAMA
Date: Feb 13, 2004
Expense: $793.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC (DULLES) TO MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: Toyota Motor Corporation
Purpose: ATTEND TOYOTA EXPANSION ANNOUNCEMENT IN MONTGOMERY
Date: Sep 24, 2004
Expense: $562.70
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE/BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: ANNUAL ISSUES CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT
Date: Nov 11, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,027.52
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC (DULLES) TO MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: Hyundai Motor America
Purpose: ATTEND HYUNDAI MOTOR MANUFACTURING ALABAMA GRAND OPENING CEREMONY
Date: May 20, 2005
Expense: $575.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jeff Sessions

Barron Avery
Michael Brumas
Armand De Keyser
Rick Dearborn
Kira Finkler
Archibald Galloway
Gerald Gilligan
Ed Haden
Alan Hanson
Stormie Janzun
Margaret Jeffreys
Mary Susan Jones
John Kennedy
Anthony Leigh
John Little
Charlotte Montiel
Cindy Pate
Heather Sawyer
William Smith
Mary Alice Tyson
Kelly Williams



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