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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

J. Gresham Barrett


Total cost of 34 office trips: $75,672.14


Trips by J. Gresham Barrett
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $27,866.60

Destination: GREENVILLE/SPARTANBURG, SC TO LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - GSP, SOUTH CAROLINA - TO TOUR YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT SITE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TO TOUR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S (DOE) NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN.
Date: Aug 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,774.09
source

Destination: OSLO, NORWAY
Sponsor: Geno
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO NORWEGIAN OFFICIALS ABOUT A PROJECT THAT WOULD ISSUES THE SECURITY OF AMERICA'S FOOD SOURCE (FROM CATTLE).
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $10,131.76
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.05
source

Destination: BUDAPEST-MUNICH
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS FOR THE TRANS ATLANTIC CONFERENCE REGARDING A KNOWLEDGED-BASED, GLOBAL ECONOMY.
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,217.31
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: AREVA Group
Purpose: TO TOUR AREVA'S NUCLEAR FACILITIES IN FRANCE THAT HAVE EXPERTISE AND OPERATE IN EVERY SECTOR OF THE NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY, INCLUDING MOX FACILITIES, NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE, REACTORS, INSTRUMENTATION, NUCLEAR MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS AND ENGINEERING.
Date: Nov 27, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,631.86
source

Destination: CAPITOL HILL-BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: DISCUSS AGENDA FOR 109TH CONGRESS AND TO GET LEGISLATIVE BRIEFINGS ON KEY ISSUES
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $441.53
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Congressional staff traveling under the office of J. Gresham Barrett

Susan Aiken
David Black
Darryl Broome
Sandra Campbell
James Miller
Jay Ragley
Darrell Scott
Greg Thomas
William 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.

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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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  • 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