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Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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    Learning to love tests

    If there's consensus on anything in education, it's this: Tests are awful. But maybe we've been thinking about tests all wrong. Research shows that tests can actually be powerful tools for learning -- but only if teachers use them right.
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    This is your brain on language

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American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
science-smart

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

Recent Posts

  • 08.20.14

    Variation is key to deeper learning

    Humans obviously learn a lot of things through trial-and-error. A level of "desirable difficulty" built into a learning and exam process appears to boost the overall retention of new skills or knowledge.
  • 08.19.14

    Learning to love tests

    If there's consensus on anything in education, it's this: Tests are awful. But maybe we've been thinking about tests all wrong. Research shows that tests can actually be powerful tools for learning -- but only if teachers use them right.
  • 08.19.14

    Paul Tough on how children succeed

    Paul Tough talks about his new book, How Children Succeed. He says it's character that matters when it comes to learning. Children need curiosity, optimism and self-control.
  • 08.18.14

    This is your brain on language

    For decades psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite.

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Trips sponsored by

American Youth Policy Forum


Total cost of 30 trips: $18,202.96


Traveler: Susan Firth (from the office of C.W. Young)
Destination: YONKERS NY AND SANDY HOOK NJ
Purpose: VISIT 2 "NEW AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOLS", MEET WITH TEACHER-STUDENTS AND PRINCIPALS TO LEARN HOW VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FUNDS ARE USED IN HIGH SCHOOL REFORM PLANS
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $417.00
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Traveler: Francine Salvador (from the office of C.W. Young)
Destination: YONKERS, NY & SANDY HOOK, NJ
Purpose: VISIT TWO "NEW AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOLS", MEET WITH TEACHER STUDENTS & PRINCIPALS TO LEARN HOW VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FUNDS ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL REFORM PLANS
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $417.00
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Traveler: Charles Barone (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: YONKERS, NY; SONDY HOOK, NJ
Purpose: VISIT EXEMPLARY HIGH SCHOOLS
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $386.00
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Traveler: Krisann Pearce (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination:
Purpose: TO VISIT 2 NEW AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOLS TO ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS OF EVALUATION OF STUDENT PROJECTS TO LEARN ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF ASSESSMENT AND TO DISCUSS ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF ASSESSMENT IN LIGHT OF THE NEW YORK REGENTS EXAM REQUIREMENTS
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $508.00
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Traveler: Charles Barone (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Purpose: VISIT MODEL YOUTH PROGRAMS
Date: Aug 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $990.00
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Traveler: D'arcy Philps (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: DENVER & ESTES PARK, COLORADO
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A FIELD TRIP TO DENVER & ESTES PARK, COLORADO TO VISIT SEVERAL ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH
Date: Aug 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,056.00
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Traveler: Christine Wolfe (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: DENVER & ESTES PARK, COLORADO
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A FIELD TRIP TO DENVER & ESTES PARK, COLORADO, ALSO TO VISIT SEVERAL ALTE
Date: Aug 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,056.00
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Traveler: Peter Warren (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: DENVER & ESTES PARK, COLORADO
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A FIELD TRIP TO DENVER & ESTES PARK, COLORADO, ALSO TO VISIT SEVERAL ALTE
Date: Aug 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,056.00
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Traveler: June Harris (from the office of William Clay)
Destination: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE EDUCATION AND SERVICES OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH ALSO TO ATTEND THE "COALITION FOR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 29, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $915.73
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Traveler: Michael Hinton (from the office of Mary Landrieu)
Destination: COLUMBIA, S.C. AND PIEDMONT, S.C.
Purpose: FORUM ON SERVICE EDUCATION PROGRAM IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Date: Dec 4, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $611.21
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Traveler: Matt Davis (from the office of Richard Gephardt)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: URBAN EDUCATION FIELD TRIP
Date: May 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $405.52
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Traveler: Amy Daiger (from the office of Benjamin Cardin)
Destination: BOSTON, MASS.
Purpose: STUDY SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAMS IN BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Date: Oct 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
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Traveler: Elizabeth Adray (from the office of Frank Mascara)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: SEE HOW SCHOOL TO WORK WAS IMPLEMENTED IN BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Date: Oct 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
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Traveler: Cheryl Smith (from the office of David Obey)
Destination: PROVIDENCE, R.I.
Purpose: TOUR PROVIDENCE, R.I. HIGH SCHOOLS/DISCUSS EDUCATION REFORM
Date: May 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $350.00
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Traveler: Denzel Mcguire (from the office of Judd Gregg)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: ATTENDED A COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL AND EXTENDED LEARNING FORUM
Date: Nov 18, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $474.00
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Traveler: Stephanie Monroe (from the office of Judd Gregg)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: ATTENDED COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL AND EXTENDED LEARNING FORUM
Date: Nov 18, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $474.00
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Traveler: Marisa Milton (from the office of Paul Sarbanes)
Destination: AUSTIN, TEXAS
Purpose: STUDY MISSION TO AUSTIN, TEXAS TO LEARN ABOUT EFFORTS TO IMPROVE TRADITIONAL AND NONTRADITIONAL EDUCATION AND OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN
Date: Dec 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $774.00
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Traveler: Rebekah Hamilton (from the office of Sam Johnson)
Destination: PUBLIC ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL, AMERICAN YOUTHWORKS CHARTER SCHOOL; PROJECT BUSINESS PROGRAM
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT EFFORTS IN TEXAS TO IMPROVE TRADITIONAL AND NON-TRADITIONAL EDUCATION AND OPTIONS FOR "AT PROMISE" YOUTH.
Date: Dec 3, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $764.00
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Traveler: Denise Forte (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: FT. HANDERDALE
Purpose: TO VISIT YOUTH COURTS
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $525.00
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Traveler: Susan Firth (from the office of Ralph Regula)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO PALM BEACH AND BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO OBSERVE YOUTH COURTS AND TEEN COURTS IN ACTION AND MEET WITH BROWARD COUNTY SCHOOL OFFICIALS
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $375.00
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Traveler: Rebecca Claster (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: JACKSON AND INDIANOLA, MISSISSIPPI
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT EDUCATION REFORM INITIATIVES IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
Date: Mar 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $564.00
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Traveler: Tamara Mayberry (from the office of Harry Reid)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: AYPF WILL BE PROVIDING SITE VISITS TO SAN DIEGO'S HIGH SCHOOLS TO TEACH PARTICIPANTS ABOUT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S EFFORTS TO REFORM THESE SCHO
Date: May 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $799.50
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Traveler: Cheryl Smith (from the office of David Obey)
Destination: CLEVELAND, OH
Purpose: TO REVIEW HIGH SCHOOL REFORM EFFORTS IN CLEVELAND, OHIO
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $525.00
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Traveler: Whitney Rhoades (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: CLEVELAND, OH
Purpose: SCHOOL SITE VISIT
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $435.00
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Traveler: Sarah Perz (from the office of Marcy Kaptur)
Destination: CLEVELAND, OHIO
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ISSUES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $432.00
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Traveler: Michael Oswalt (from the office of Dennis Kucinich)
Destination: CLEVELAND, OH
Purpose: TO VIEW HIGH SCHOOL REFORM EFFORTS IN THE CLEVELAND MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF THE GATES FOUNDATION AD KNOWLEDGE WORKS
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $479.00
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Traveler: Stephanie Monroe (from the office of Judd Gregg)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: NEW YORK SCHOOL REFORM
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $542.00
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Traveler: Heath Weems (from the office of Cass Ballenger)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE STRATEGY OF USING SMALL SCHOOLS TO REFORM HIGH SCHOOLS.
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $542.00
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Traveler: Rachel Post (from the office of Vernon Ehlers)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: EDUCATION POLICY FACT-FINDING TRIP: VISITS TO INNOVATIVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK CITY
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $542.00
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Traveler: Bridgette Johnson (from the office of Richard Neal)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRIP FOR STAFF PROVIDING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES ON YOUTH POLICY ISSUES BY VISITING BOSTON CHARTER, PILOT AND ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS. THIS TRIP WAS ALSO DESIGNED FOR STAFF THE HEAR FROM STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATIVE ON THEIR
Date: May 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $630.00
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American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
science-smart

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

Recent Posts

  • 08.20.14

    Variation is key to deeper learning

    Humans obviously learn a lot of things through trial-and-error. A level of "desirable difficulty" built into a learning and exam process appears to boost the overall retention of new skills or knowledge.
  • 08.19.14

    Learning to love tests

    If there's consensus on anything in education, it's this: Tests are awful. But maybe we've been thinking about tests all wrong. Research shows that tests can actually be powerful tools for learning -- but only if teachers use them right.
  • 08.19.14

    Paul Tough on how children succeed

    Paul Tough talks about his new book, How Children Succeed. He says it's character that matters when it comes to learning. Children need curiosity, optimism and self-control.
  • 08.18.14

    This is your brain on language

    For decades psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite.