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teaching-teachers

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  • 08.27.15

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Trips by*

Richard Thomson


Total cost of 13 trips: $9,662.03


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: GUNTERSVILLE, AL
Sponsor: Gold Kist
Purpose: OVERSIGHT OF USDA ONLINE INSPECTION MOTELS PILOT PROJECT
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $327.64
source

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

Destination: CLEWISTON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: FLORIDA SUGAR CANE LEAGUE AND SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE OF FLORIDA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT THE CULTIVATION, HARVESTING, PROCESSING, REFINING AND MARKETING OF SUGARCANE.
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $736.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Meat Institute
Purpose: EXAMINE EQUITY MARKET CONSEQUENCES OF AG POLICY
Date: Mar 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $868.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Feld Entertainment D/B/A Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey
Purpose: TOUR BREEDING FACILITY
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $218.59
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK CONGRESS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESS
Date: Feb 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $749.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Meat Institute
Purpose: BRIEFING ON ECONOMIC TRENDS IN FOOD PRODUCTION
Date: Apr 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $620.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,006.00
source

Destination: WICHITA, KS-DODGE CITY, KS
Sponsor: American Meat Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, PACKER OWNERSHIP ISSUES, TRADE, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING, FOOD SAFETY
Date: Jun 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,912.30
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLA
Sponsor: FLORIDA FARM BUREAU, FLORIDA FRUIT & VEGETABLE ASSOCIATION, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SERVICES
Purpose: TO REVIEW STATE & FEDERAL COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING LAWS FOR PRODUCE
Date: Jul 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $943.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Meat Institute
Purpose: EXAMINE ROLE OF EQUITY MARKETS IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE PACKING SECTOR
Date: Sep 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $849.00
source

Destination: MARTINSVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Virginia Tech
Purpose: VA AQUACULTURE RESEARCH
Date: Oct 6, 2003
Expense: $410.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $737.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Richard Thomson.


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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.