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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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  • 08.27.15

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CROWLEY, JOSEPH, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 24
Total cost of trips - $93,819.29

Average cost per trip - $3,909.14
Total number of days spent traveling - 106 days
Rank of representative - 41 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - DLC Annual Retreat
Notes - Accompanied by wife Kasey Crowley

Travel Cost - $560.00
Lodging Cost - $421.80
Meal Cost - $286.00
Other Cost - $75.20
Total Cost - $1,343.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Population Action International, U.S. Committee for UNFPA
Dates - April 14, 2000 - April 23, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Johannesburg, South Africa - Malawi

Purpose - visit HIV/AIDS projects, family planning, child survival
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,925.00
Lodging Cost - $1,737.90
Meal Cost - $565.10
Other Cost - $133.20
Total Cost - $10,361.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - November 18, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Meetings with Taiwanese officials, meetings with business leaders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,730.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $4,510.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Merrill Lynch
Dates - January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Led freshman delegation to NYSE
Notes - Accompanied by wife Kasey Crowley

Travel Cost - $327.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $405.00
Total Cost - $732.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $350.88
Lodging Cost - $259.00
Meal Cost - $78.00
Other Cost - $142.00
Total Cost - $829.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - unknown
Dates - August 24, 2001 - August 28, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cyprus

Purpose - Speech and conference
Notes - Unclear spelling of sponsor's name.

Travel Cost - $3,518.50
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $145.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,813.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speech to community advocates
Notes -

Travel Cost - $173.50
Lodging Cost - $104.34
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $277.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - August 30, 2001 - September 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - Conference on Economic Development in Eastern
Notes - Unclear spelling of sponsor's name.

Travel Cost - $1,807.00
Lodging Cost - $546.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,503.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Assn
Dates - January 11, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Bangalore, India - Dhaka, Bangladesh - New Delhi, India

Purpose - to discuss trade and economic development issues, to visit Bangladesh garment industry
Notes - spouse Kasey Nilson Crowley. Free accommodation in government guest house.

Travel Cost - $1,812.72
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,312.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 4, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India

Purpose - education visit to meet with business and government officials, speech to CII in Bangalore, India
Notes - spouse Kasey Nilson Crowley

Travel Cost - $14,991.40
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $438.00
Other Cost - $443.88
Total Cost - $16,873.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - April 15, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Bombay, India - New Delhi, India

Purpose - Speeches to business groups, meeting with government officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $278.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $432.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, University of Qatar
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - New Delhi, India

Purpose - Speech and participating in conference on free trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $11,747.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,497.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 3, 2003 - August 7, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Yerevan, Armenia

Purpose - Meet with Israeli leaders, visit military sites, discuss US-Israel partnership
Notes - Other costs are for in country transportation and country visa. Trip was filed with Armenian trip - no breakdown of which sponsor paid for what given.

Travel Cost - $6,448.30
Lodging Cost - $1,061.83
Meal Cost - $452.19
Other Cost - $655.62
Total Cost - $8,617.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Armenian National Committee of America
Dates - August 8, 2003 - August 11, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Yerevan, Armenia

Purpose - Meet with government officials, visit USAID projects
Notes - Trip was filed with Israel trip but paid for by separate sponsor - no breakdown of which sponsor paid for which part given.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Financial Services Roundtable
Dates - May 21, 2004 - May 21, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To address housing policy council
Notes - Other cost car service for day in Chicago

Travel Cost - $178.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $426.00
Total Cost - $604.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Committee for the UN Population Fund
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dominican Republic

Purpose - Fact finding regarding health and family planning programs funded by UNFPA and USAID
Notes - other costs translators, medical insurance, visa-Kasey Crowley, spouse-date at personal expense 02/22/2004

Travel Cost - $3,312.66
Lodging Cost - $634.40
Meal Cost - $226.00
Other Cost - $476.00
Total Cost - $4,649.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of India Industry
Dates - January 2, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (15 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, Bangladesh

Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, speech to businessmen visit to Bangladesh to meet with government officials, businessmen, UNFPA projects, Grameen Bank
Notes - Other cost inner city transportation (shuttles from hotel to airport, etc)

Travel Cost - $6,491.78
Lodging Cost - $1,921.98
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $175.00
Total Cost - $8,888.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Democratic Congressional Delegation trip to learn about equity markets
Notes -

Travel Cost - $94.00
Lodging Cost - $302.85
Meal Cost - $165.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $561.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - Discussions about Homeland Security, border security, education
Notes - Washington, DC - Singapore - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $5,932.00
Lodging Cost - $932.40
Meal Cost - $336.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,200.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Communications Consortium Media Center
Dates - January 15, 2005 - January 19, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Sri Lanka

Purpose - Visit tsunami affected region of Sri Lanka, see first hand the work of UNFPA dealing in a refugee situation
Notes - Singapore - Sri Lanka - Singapore

Travel Cost - $574.00
Lodging Cost - $276.52
Meal Cost - $151.45
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,001.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Assn
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speech for 2005 Legislative Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Naples, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $614.80
Lodging Cost - $499.00
Meal Cost - $74.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,187.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Led a trip to NYSE for Democratic Freshmen Members to see the importance of the market.
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $257.20
Lodging Cost - $358.39
Meal Cost - $216.47
Other Cost - $284.35
Total Cost - $1,116.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Futures Industry of America, New York Mercantile
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Participate in Futures Conference, speak on Financial Services Committee Perspective
Notes - Washington, DC - Boca Raton, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,388.00
Lodging Cost - $451.95
Meal Cost - $193.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,033.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 28, 2005 - June 1, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Spring retreat, Congressional participation
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans, LA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $606.02
Lodging Cost - $566.74
Meal Cost - $199.55
Other Cost - $99.52
Total Cost - $1,471.83

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