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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

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Back to The Data

Trips by*

Anne Simmons


Total cost of 12 trips: $10,970.24


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: WYE WOODS CONFERENCE CENTER, WYE MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: NATIONAL FARMERS UNION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION DURING THE GROUP'S ANNUAL MEETING.
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $620.00
source

Destination: TOLEDO, OH
Sponsor: SOIL WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON 2002 FARM BILL
Date: May 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $576.84
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN SOYBEAN INDUSTRY COUNCIL
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL REGARDING 2002 FARM BILL
Date: Aug 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,116.46
source

Destination: ROCHESTER, NY
Sponsor: NATIONAL FARMERS UNION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON FARM BILL
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $834.40
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NC; ST. LOUIS, MO; MEMPHIS, TN
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT VARIOUS SEGMENTS OF COTTON INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,975.24
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Agricultural Law Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON FARM POLICY
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $633.38
source

Destination: SHENANDOAH VALLEY, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: US Apple Association
Purpose: TO VIEW GROWING AND PROCESSING OF APPLES
Date: Oct 27, 2003
Expense: $76.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Collin Peterson

Destination: SIOUX FALLS, SD
Sponsor: SOUTH DAKOTA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK TO ANNUAL MEETING OF SD CORN GROWERS REGARDING UPCOMING FARM BILL DEBATE AND OTHER AG POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $417.30
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE-BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Sponsor: American Soybean Association
Purpose: EU TRADE MISSION TO LEARN ABOUT EU REGULATIONS AFFECTING U.S. PRODUCTS, AND US PRODUCTION AND TRADE OF BIODIESEL
Date: May 29, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $3,024.83
source

Destination: SALISBURY, MD
Sponsor: National Oilseed Processors Association
Purpose: VISIT SOYBEAN PROCESSING, FACILITY TO VIEW OIL SPILL PREVENTION MITIGATION ACTIVITIES
Date: Aug 30, 2005
Expense: $39.20
source


Trips traveled under the office of Charles Stenholm

Destination: AMES, IOWA
Sponsor: IOWA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK TO JOINT ANNUAL MEETING OF IA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION AND IA SOYBEAN PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION REGARDING NEXT FARM BILL
Date: Dec 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $371.59
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Anne Simmons.


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