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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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CASTLE, MICHAEL N, Republican Party
Delaware

Total number of trips - 19
Total cost of trips - $86,376.81

Average cost per trip - $4,546.15
Total number of days spent traveling - 91 days
Rank of representative - 52 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Participate in a conference on US Policy toward Cuba
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane who, according to notes, participated in conference

Travel Cost - $2,272.60
Lodging Cost - $1,792.00
Meal Cost - $1,296.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,360.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 24, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - TransAtlantic Conference -- Educational
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Castle

Travel Cost - $6,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $9,050.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Fundraising for Republican
Notes - Other costs: Ground transport

Travel Cost - $608.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,186.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - Conference on US-China relations
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Castle who, according to notes, participated in the conference

Travel Cost - $3,317.26
Lodging Cost - $1,610.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,327.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - TransAtlantic Policy Network -- Educational
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Castle

Travel Cost - $142.00
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $458.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,090.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 14, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Jane D Castle accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,332.60
Lodging Cost - $2,777.92
Meal Cost - $187.80
Other Cost - $354.74
Total Cost - $4,653.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education
Notes - Spouse Jane D Castle accompanied. Dates 2/20 - 2/21 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $2,305.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,438.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Informational
Notes - Spouse Jane D Castle accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $626.75
Lodging Cost - $652.74
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost - $275.00
Total Cost - $2,304.49

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings Institute
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle

Travel Cost - $2,093.00
Lodging Cost - $329.09
Meal Cost - $524.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,946.09

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Life Insurance Co.
Dates - April 22, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - briefing on insurance industry and financial services issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $176.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $176.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - policy discussion
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle

Travel Cost - $842.00
Lodging Cost - $777.00
Meal Cost - $84.00
Other Cost - $253.32
Total Cost - $1,956.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle -- dates at personal expense 5/26-5/27

Travel Cost - $3,604.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,954.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Islam
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle

Travel Cost - $2,672.56
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $6,947.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Jane Castle accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,785.40
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,625.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Jane Castle accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,918.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $6,568.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,768.51
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,088.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Education Reform
Notes - Philadelphia - Cancun, Mexico - Philadelphia

Travel Cost - $4,607.62
Lodging Cost - $3,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $9,347.62

Additional family members - Yes


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 - Philadelphia, PA - Istanbul, Turkey - Philadelphia, PA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,607.90
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,257.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NBC/Discovery Channel
Dates - June 26, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participate in a Discovery Channel special
Notes - Wilmington, DE - New York, NY - Wilmington, DE

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $100.00

Additional family members - No

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