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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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SABO, MARTIN OLAV, Democratic Party
Minnesota

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $28,716.88

Average cost per trip - $3,589.61
Total number of days spent traveling - 37 days
Rank of representative - 227 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Sylvia Sabo - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,676.00
Lodging Cost - $2,580.00
Meal Cost - $2,340.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,796.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - to participate in legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Sylvia Lee Sabo accompanied. Other costs are not specified.

Travel Cost - $879.00
Lodging Cost - $1,125.00
Meal Cost - $850.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $3,104.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - to participate on a conference on education
Notes - Spouse Sylvia Lee Sabo accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,837.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,070.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Sylvia accompanied. Meal costs are included in the lodging expense. Other expenses are for registration fees.

Travel Cost - $254.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,354.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 3, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - aviation issues conference
Notes - spouse Sylvia Lee Sabo

Travel Cost - $5,877.40
Lodging Cost - $1,030.60
Meal Cost - $900.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,808.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Annenberg Foundation Trust
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat 2003
Notes - spouse, Sylvia Sabo accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $644.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $994.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Kailua, HI - Kona, HI

Purpose - 2003 Aviation Issues Conference
Notes - spouse, Sylvia Sabo accompanied. Transport costs were zero because it was "Rogers CODEL'.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $451.19
Meal Cost - $195.89
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $647.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - 2005 Aviation Issues Conference
Notes - Minneapolis, MN - Kona HI

Travel Cost - $2,175.40
Lodging Cost - $1,143.40
Meal Cost - $625.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,943.80

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

    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.