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American RadioWorks |
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

Blanche Lincoln


Total cost of 128 office trips: $190,984.39


Trips by Blanche Lincoln
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $23,162.02

Destination: MEMPHIS, TN
Sponsor: JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: TO RECEIVE TOP TEN OUTSTANDING YOUNG AMERICAN AWARD
Date: Jan 15, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $445.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Purpose: SPEAK TO THEIR ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Mar 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,409.24
source

Destination: LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S COLLEGE
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $245.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: May 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,197.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: ADDRESS THE NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL'S ANNUAL MEETING AND TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE WITH COTTON INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES FROM ARKANSAS
Date: Jan 29, 2001
Expense: $3,669.79
source

Destination: RUSSELLVILLE, ARKANSAS
Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH ON NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY TO ARKANSAS NUCLEAR ONE LICENSE EXTENSION
Date: Jul 9, 2001
Expense: $2,800.00
source

Destination: PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Chi Omega Foundation
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONVENTION AND TO RECEIVE THE WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Date: Jun 29, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: HEBER SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Sponsor: Arkansas Orthopaedic Society
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Apr 12, 2003
Expense: $1,035.30
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: POLICY RETREAT-PARTICIPATE IN POLICY DISCUSSIONS ON HOMELAND SECURITY, NATIONAL SECURITY, BUDGET AND TAXES
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,194.00
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEECH ON HEALTHCARE
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,100.89
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPOKE TO ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROAD'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,965.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Blanche Lincoln

Charles Barnett
Kelly Bingel
Jack Campbell
Mac Campbell
Courtney Clabaugh
Betty Davis
Cynthia Edwards
Amber Elbert
John Gilliland
Andrew Goesl
Stephen Higginbothom
Robert Holifield
Hannah Lambiotte
Matt Largen
Elizabeth Macdonald
Brandon Mcbride
Anthony Mcclain
Courtney Mcdade
Lori Neal
Ben Noble
Stephen Patterson
Jonathan Rhodes
Kelly Rucker
Jim Stowers
Anna Taylor
Amy Woodman
Todd Wooten
Donna Yeargan



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