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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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EMERSON, JO ANN H, Republican Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $43,900.42

Average cost per trip - $3,376.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 145 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage
Notes - Spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied.

Travel Cost - $442.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,170.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - itinerary attached; Jo Ann combined for lodging and meal=660;Ron combined for lodging and meal=290

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $252.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Missouri Bar Association
Dates - January 28, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jefferson City, MO

Purpose - to judge the Missouri Bar Association's "We the People" state finals competition
Notes - itinerary attached; spouse, Ron; invoice attached - travel reimb=152.83

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $93.59
Meal Cost - $59.24
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $152.83

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Amtrak
Dates - June 22, 2001 - June 22, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - USA Rice
Dates - April 10, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Promote sales of US agricultural commodities to Cuba.
Notes - Spouse, Ronald Gladney accompanied. Other expenses are for departure taxes

Travel Cost - $4,774.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $214.00
Other Cost - $140.00
Total Cost - $5,828.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - January 3, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba - Varadero, Cuba - Santiago, Cuba

Purpose - explore Cuba trade options and benefits
Notes - other expenses include airport tax.

Travel Cost - $1,528.50
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $172.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $2,420.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Conway Data, Continental Airlines
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico

Purpose - agricultural summit
Notes - spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied. Other expenses includes ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $3,200.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $4,300.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Dates - April 27, 2002 - April 29, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - conference
Notes - spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied.

Travel Cost - $742.00
Lodging Cost - $715.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,457.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba - Varadero, Cuba - Santiago, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding and research for foreign policy issues
Notes - Spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied. Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

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 - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Ronald Gladney and child Katharine Emerson accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 7, 2004 - January 13, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Koloa, HI

Purpose - educational
Notes - with spouse Ronald C. Gladney

Travel Cost - $9,700.00
Lodging Cost - $3,431.60
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,531.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - America's Trust Inc
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 17, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA

Purpose - To participate in seminars on legislative issues including demographic trends in CA, port capacity and security issues, and wine industry concerns (direct marketing and consolidation in the industry)
Notes - Washington, DC - Napa, CA - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,049.25
Lodging Cost - $1,317.44
Meal Cost - $917.74
Other Cost - $219.87
Total Cost - $10,504.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ohio Wesleyan Univ
Dates - May 7, 2005 - May 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Delaware, OH

Purpose - Graduation speech
Notes - Washington, DC - Delaware, OH - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $95.28
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $64.89
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.17

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