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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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FARR, SAM, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $58,720.61

Average cost per trip - $3,914.71
Total number of days spent traveling - 72 days
Rank of representative - 97 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy

Purpose - Meet with European leaders and discuss economic issues
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied

Travel Cost - $8,036.62
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $858.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,244.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - Conference participant
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied. Other cost is for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $6,099.37
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $9,479.37

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United Parcel Service
Dates - March 29, 2001 - April 2, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $525.00
Lodging Cost - $82.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $622.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,335.95
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,340.95

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Contributed $500 toward cost of trip - so total subsidized cost is $585.

Travel Cost - $721.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,085.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse Mrs. Shary Farr

Travel Cost - $3,824.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,974.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $379.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,029.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,472.10
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,997.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Urbanists International
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Educational. Trip looked at planning and land management issues.
Notes - Other costs include transportation within island (taxis, tips etc). (a sepaarate filing listed the trip was paid for by the Center for International Policy.

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $585.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Potomac, MD

Purpose - Educational group discussion
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $100.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $636.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - to reflect on the work of members of Congress and the pressures of the job
Notes - travel at personal expense - with spouse Shary Farr

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $512.00
Meal Cost - $211.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $723.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - meet with CA government officials to discuss California's future
Notes - other covered "group activities"

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $358.43
Other Cost - $20.37
Total Cost - $778.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - conference on US Brazil relations
Notes - with spouse Shary Farr - other covered taxi fare

Travel Cost - $3,715.73
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $8,085.73

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. Policy in Latin America
Notes - Monterey, CA - Punta Mita, Mexico - Monterey, CA

Travel Cost - $944.34
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $909.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,903.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation
Dates - July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Members of the CBC, CHC, and CAPAC met to discuss minority health issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $336.74
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $436.74

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