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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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BLUMENAUER, EARL, Democratic Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 33
Total cost of trips - $88,315.37

Average cost per trip - $2,676.22
Total number of days spent traveling - 115 days
Rank of representative - 49 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Berkeley, CA

Purpose - Participate in their urbanism conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $595.25
Lodging Cost - $92.50
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $787.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Dates - June 23, 2000 - June 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Participate in their board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $398.00
Lodging Cost - $312.48
Meal Cost - $106.00
Other Cost - $55.00
Total Cost - $871.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boulder County Democratic Party
Dates - April 15, 2000 - April 16, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boulder, CO

Purpose - Keynote at their annual dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $537.50
Lodging Cost - $125.16
Meal Cost - $26.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $688.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Rail-volution
Dates - October 5, 2000 - October 7, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Keynote speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,421.00
Lodging Cost - $314.04
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,735.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Spring Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $280.00
Lodging Cost - $421.80
Meal Cost - $114.00
Other Cost - $37.60
Total Cost - $853.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Planning Association
Dates - April 16, 2000 - April 19, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participate in their annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $563.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $613.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia American Planning Association
Dates - March 27, 2000 - March 27, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Norfolk, VA

Purpose - Speak at their conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $295.66
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $310.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Dates - January 14, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Participated in board of directors meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $641.00
Lodging Cost - $553.36
Meal Cost - $218.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,412.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Partners LLC
Dates - January 19, 2001 - January 19, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Moderate the LA mayoral debate
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,369.50
Lodging Cost - $135.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,579.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chautauqua Institute
Dates - August 26, 2001 - August 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Keynote speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,311.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $28.65
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,489.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife
Dates - June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Fact finding trip - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,333.05
Lodging Cost - $299.33
Meal Cost - $129.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,761.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boston Society of Architects
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at conference
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $60.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $510.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Participate in Board of Directors
Notes -

Travel Cost - $619.50
Lodging Cost - $825.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,719.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Participate in 2001 bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Rail-volution
Dates - September 11, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speech at Rail-volution national transportation conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - MacArthur Foundation
Dates - October 30, 2003 - October 31, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Attend meeting on regional governance
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,100.00
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,289.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority
Dates - February 20, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speak to transit officials in LA
Notes - Other costs are parking

Travel Cost - $512.50
Lodging Cost - $90.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost - $32.00
Total Cost - $709.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on US Mexico Relations
Notes - Friend Margaret Kirkpatrick accompanied at personal expense

Travel Cost - $572.13
Lodging Cost - $575.00
Meal Cost - $495.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,642.13

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harry Reid
Dates - February 6, 2003 - February 8, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR

Purpose - Keynote speech
Notes - Reno, NV - Portland, OR

Travel Cost - $1,129.50
Lodging Cost - $89.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,219.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Anne Blumenauer accompanied. Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,263.20
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,913.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Friend Margaret Kirkpatrick accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - Participate in a conference on the global environment.
Notes - Spouse Margaret Kirkpatrick

Travel Cost - $5,528.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,128.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - child Anne Blumenauer - other costs were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,233.80
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,708.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, Johnson Foundation
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Milwaukee, WI

Purpose - To speak at Progressive Mayors - New Cities Project Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Milwaukee, WI - Portland, OR

Travel Cost - $709.06
Lodging Cost - $194.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $903.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - China relations
Notes - Depart: Portland, OR to Shanghai, China (3-26) Return: Beijing, China to Portland, OR (4-3)

Travel Cost - $15,456.10
Lodging Cost - $1,532.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,788.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Rail-volution
Dates - September 19, 2004 - September 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Attend the Rail-Volution conference in LA
Notes - PDX - LAX - DCA Portland, OR - Los Angeles, CA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $350.00
Total Cost - $810.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Attend the Railroad Leg. Conference in Florida
Notes - Florida - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $847.20
Lodging Cost - $518.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,525.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Public Transportation Assn (APTA)
Dates - October 12, 2004 - October 13, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - To receive an award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $826.10
Lodging Cost - $184.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,045.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Realtors
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Attend the Realtors Legislative forum in Florida
Notes - Portland - Florida

Travel Cost - $679.00
Lodging Cost - $416.26
Meal Cost - $76.64
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,171.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - Portland - Istanbul, Turkey - Portland Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,230.30
Lodging Cost - $2,700.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,630.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - May 27, 2005 - May 28, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Annual meeting WTS - Advancing women in Transportation conference speech
Notes - Washington, DC - Phoenix - Portland

Travel Cost - $430.20
Lodging Cost - $195.86
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost - $52.00
Total Cost - $713.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New Century Transportation Foundation, Community Office for Resource Efficiency
Dates - July 7, 2005 - July 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - To attend and speak at conference on global warming, energy independence and transportation
Notes - Earl Blumenauer: Portland, OR - Aspen, CO - Washington, DC Margaret Kirkpatrick: Portland, OR - Aspen, CO - Portland, OR Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,213.60
Lodging Cost - $1,395.00
Meal Cost - $109.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,718.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Rail-volution
Dates - September 7, 2005 - September 10, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - To speak and participate in conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Salt Lake City, UT - Portland, OR

Travel Cost - $825.40
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $350.00
Total Cost - $1,545.40

Additional family members - No

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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.

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  • 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

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    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

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    "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