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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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BARR, BOB, Republican Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 30
Total cost of trips - $53,297.98

Average cost per trip - $1,776.60
Total number of days spent traveling - 82 days
Rank of representative - 117 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Restoration Weekend
Dates - July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Abescon, NJ

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $469.80
Lodging Cost - $199.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $668.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Credit Union Affiliates
Dates - October 13, 2000 - October 13, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hilton Head, SC

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $358.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $358.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - January 15, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Bd. Mtg./Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $749.51
Lodging Cost - $210.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $959.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Republican Leadership Conference
Dates - January 22, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Louisville, KY

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $275.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $275.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - September 24, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $615.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $615.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fred Friendly Seminars Inc.
Dates - January 9, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $249.00
Lodging Cost - $225.60
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $674.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Franchise Association
Dates - April 9, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $386.00
Lodging Cost - $202.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $588.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Awakenings Conference
Dates - January 7, 2000 - January 9, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $115.00
Lodging Cost - $835.94
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NBC - Meet the Press
Dates - May 13, 2000 - May 14, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Interview
Notes -

Travel Cost - $218.00
Lodging Cost - $210.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $428.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Retreat
Notes - Meals are included in lodging cost -- Accompanied by Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - February 3, 2001 - February 4, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Arlington, VA

Purpose - Board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.01
Lodging Cost - $137.09
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $542.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Restoration Weekend
Dates - August 31, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $728.00
Lodging Cost - $706.20
Meal Cost - $425.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,859.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - May 18, 2001 - May 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Child Adrian Barr, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $8,196.00
Lodging Cost - $471.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $9.63
Total Cost - $8,676.63

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - September 30, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Long Island, NY

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,273.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $827.82
Total Cost - $2,100.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Republican Assembly, Fairbanks Republican Assembly
Dates - March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speeches
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $834.00
Lodging Cost - $188.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,022.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity
Dates - August 3, 2001 - August 5, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $298.25
Lodging Cost - $272.80
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost - $108.09
Total Cost - $839.14

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Seminole County, FL
Dates - October 20, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $1,124.00
Lodging Cost - $140.61
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,264.61

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Law School
Dates - March 13, 2001 - March 13, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $554.65
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $554.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - November 18, 2001 - November 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hampton, GA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Child Adrian Barr

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Law School, GOP
Dates - April 24, 2001 - April 24, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $97.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $97.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Egypt's International Economic Forum
Dates - April 12, 2001 - April 16, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Egypt

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, (appears to be part of larger trip 4/7/01 - 4/17/01)

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,700.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Citizens United
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Other costs are not specified

Travel Cost - $226.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,292.00
Total Cost - $1,518.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 11, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Lebanon

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, (appears to be part of larger trip 4/7/01 - 4/17/01)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $280.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $280.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Politically Incorrect - Wednesday Morning Group
Dates - September 27, 2001 - September 29, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Interview plus speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $692.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $692.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - January 26, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $169.50
Lodging Cost - $2,670.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,839.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Federalist Society
Dates - April 2, 2001 - April 2, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Richmond, VA

Purpose - Speech to the Richmond Law School Federalist Society
Notes -

Travel Cost - $101.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $101.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding and speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, (appears to be part of larger trip 4/7/01 - 4/17/01)

Travel Cost - $18,000.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,000.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Bankers Association
Dates - March 27, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - NC

Purpose - Speech
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $784.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $784.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - January 12, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,173.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,173.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - meeting
Notes - spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $732.50
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,282.50

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
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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