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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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MCGOVERN, JAMES P, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $23,765.48

Average cost per trip - $2,160.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 268 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - April 15, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - Fact-finding. To facilitate education and cultural exchanges between Massachusetts universities and Cuban counterparts
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,120.00
Lodging Cost - $575.00
Meal Cost - $265.00
Other Cost - $190.00
Total Cost - $2,150.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Colombia

Purpose - fact finding delegation
Notes - other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $1,015.60
Lodging Cost - $773.26
Meal Cost - $76.94
Other Cost - $64.96
Total Cost - $1,930.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 20, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Colombia

Purpose - Fact-finding delegation
Notes - Other costs are for briefing materials and delegation set-up

Travel Cost - $2,071.00
Lodging Cost - $322.48
Meal Cost - $193.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $2,656.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Colombia

Purpose - fact-finding delegation to Colombia
Notes - other costs were briefing materials, cell phone, international phone fax

Travel Cost - $1,734.22
Lodging Cost - $259.75
Meal Cost - $76.91
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $2,145.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Inter-American Conference on Pharmacy
Notes - Boston - Havana - DC

Travel Cost - $718.50
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,468.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Notes - DC - White Sulphur Springs, WV - DC Including spouse

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 23, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - To evaluate US relations with the European Union and France, and to discuss trade, security and economic issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Paris, France - Washington, DC Personal Expense: 2/19 to 2/20 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,322.26
Lodging Cost - $502.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,524.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Int'l Policy
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Speaker at conference on the future of US-Cuba policy
Notes - DC - Santa Barbara - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $350.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To gain greater understanding on the role religious faith plays in the political process
Notes - DC - Bethesda - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $537.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $537.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional retreat
Notes - DC - White Sulphur Springs, WV - DC Including spouse

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Social Science Research Council
Dates - November 7, 2002 - November 12, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - To support efforts to preserve Earnest Hemingway's legacy including preservation of works of literary significance
Notes - Boston - Havana - Boston Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,250.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $800.00
Total Cost - $4,850.00

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.