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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

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LARSON, JOHN B, Democratic Party
Connecticut

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $15,895.89

Average cost per trip - $1,986.99
Total number of days spent traveling - 27 days
Rank of representative - 350 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Amistad America, Inc.
Dates - March 23, 2000 - March 26, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Ledyard, CT - Mystic Seaport, CT

Purpose - educational
Notes - spouse, leslie

Travel Cost - $555.28
Lodging Cost - $336.00
Meal Cost - $427.71
Other Cost - $21.00
Total Cost - $1,339.99

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - spring educational retreat
Notes - spouse, leslie best

Travel Cost - $420.00
Lodging Cost - $396.00
Meal Cost - $286.00
Other Cost - $50.20
Total Cost - $1,152.20

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - to learn more about the securities markets and financial services
Notes -

Travel Cost - $659.00
Lodging Cost - $182.00
Meal Cost - $241.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,082.00

Additional family members - No


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 Leslie, children Carolyn, Laura, Raymond

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - State Legislative Leaders Foundation
Dates - March 14, 2002 - March 17, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speech at educational conference on energy issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,126.50
Lodging Cost - $981.00
Meal Cost - $430.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,537.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 25, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - spring retreat
Notes - accompanied by spouse Leslie B. Larson. Other expenses include gifts

Travel Cost - $1,057.46
Lodging Cost - $829.20
Meal Cost - $488.50
Other Cost - $90.68
Total Cost - $2,465.84

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 Bipartisan Retreat
Notes - Spouse Leslie and children Carolyn, Laura and Raymond accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $1,608.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,783.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Spring retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Amelia Island, FL - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,011.36
Lodging Cost - $1,044.00
Meal Cost - $900.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,955.36

Additional family members - Yes

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