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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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HERGER, WALLY, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 22
Total cost of trips - $64,251.58

Average cost per trip - $2,920.53
Total number of days spent traveling - 88 days
Rank of representative - 81 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes - accompanied by wife Pamela Herger

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Kiawah Island, SC

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes - accompanied by wife Pamela Herger

Travel Cost - $1,952.00
Lodging Cost - $520.00
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,952.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational purpose
Notes - Spouse Pamela Herger accompanied.

Travel Cost - $88.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $291.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $554.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 11, 2001 - August 27, 2001 (17 days)
Location(s) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - 2001 Transatlantic Conference
Notes - Spouse Pamela Herger accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $8,249.66
Lodging Cost - $2,810.50
Meal Cost - $1,136.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $12,286.16

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Legislative Conference.
Notes - Spouse Pamela Herger accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,270.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,470.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Klamath Alliance for Resources & Environment
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 10, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - Educational California woods tour
Notes -

Travel Cost - $579.00
Lodging Cost - $246.02
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $895.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Legislative conference.
Notes - Spouse Pamela Herger accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,373.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,823.00

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 - Spouse Pamela Herger and children Jamie, Julie and Candy (sp?) accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $630.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,580.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2002 - January 5, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - CATS retreat, educational
Notes - spouse Pamela Herger accompanied.

Travel Cost - $84.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $336.72
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $595.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - RSC educational retreat
Notes - other expenses include parking

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost - $10.00
Total Cost - $285.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Western Watch Foundation
Dates - June 28, 2002 - June 30, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Western Watch Foundation Policy Forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,204.50
Lodging Cost - $172.22
Meal Cost - $141.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,517.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Brookings
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 13, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Notes - spouse Pamela Herger accompanied.

Travel Cost - $634.00
Lodging Cost - $1,175.00
Meal Cost - $302.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,111.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - consumer electronics show
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,075.00
Lodging Cost - $687.00
Meal Cost - $330.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,092.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Western Watch Foundation, Partnership for the West
Dates - September 26, 2003 - September 26, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Partnership for the West grassroots action summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $817.48
Lodging Cost - $99.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $946.48

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 - Spouse Pamela Herger and children Jamie and Julie Herger, Emily Misha accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Educational - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - other costs - were not specified

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.18
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute, Annenberg Foundation Trust
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ontario, Canada

Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Notes - spouse - Pamela Herger - child Jamie Herger - other expenses were group activities

Travel Cost - $1,922.64
Lodging Cost - $799.92
Meal Cost - $1,111.29
Other Cost - $61.11
Total Cost - $3,894.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute, Annenberg Foundation Trust
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ontario, Canada

Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Notes - spouse - Pamela Herger - child Jamie Herger - other expenses were group activities

Travel Cost - $1,093.14
Lodging Cost - $799.92
Meal Cost - $1,111.29
Other Cost - $61.11
Total Cost - $3,065.46

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes - spouse Pamela Herger

Travel Cost - $513.06
Lodging Cost - $652.00
Meal Cost - $640.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,805.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $113.40
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $304.47
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $882.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Annual conference. Congressman Herger invited as a speaker
Notes - Rep Herger: Washington, DC - Orlando, FL - Sacramento, CA Mrs. Herger: Sacramento, FL - Orlando, FL and back

Travel Cost - $3,094.40
Lodging Cost - $1,383.00
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,697.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 20, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding, educational, meetings with government officials
Notes - Washington, DC - Havana, Cuba / Havana, Cuba - Sacramento, CA

Travel Cost - $1,951.00
Lodging Cost - $358.00
Meal Cost - $193.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,502.00

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