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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Marsha Blackburn


Total cost of 27 office trips: $40,178.83


Trips by Marsha Blackburn
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $22,002.52

Destination: JOHNSON CITY, TN
Sponsor: Washington County Republican Party
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN BLACKBURN WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THEIR ANNUAL LINCOLN DAY DINNER
Date: May 9, 2003
Expense: $1,513.00
source

Destination: MEMPHIS, TN, ATLANTA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Tennessee Malt Beverage Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE TENNESSEE MALT BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,134.29
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Foundation for Women Legislators Inc
Purpose: WAS A GUEST SPEAKER AT THE NFWL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $642.42
source

Destination: KNOXVILLE, TN-WEST PALM BEACH, FL-NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Republican National Committee
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN WAS INVITED TO SPEAK AT AN RNC EVENT
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $855.00
source

Destination: ARLINGTON, VA TO CAMBRIDGE, MD TO BWI
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $442.66
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN-WEST PALM BEACH, FL-MEMPHIS, TN
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING TO CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,328.60
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN-BOCA RATON, CHARLES RETURNED TO NASHVILLE AND CONGRESSMAN RETURNED TO WASHINGTON DULLES
Sponsor: Futures Industry Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE PANELIST FOR THE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $5,469.41
source

Destination: MOBILE, ALABAMA-JACKSONVILLE, FL-NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: TENNESSEE GAS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, KEYNOTE SPEAKING AT THE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,076.02
source

Destination: FORT MYERS, FL, NASHVILLE, TN, TAMPA, FL, DALLAS TX
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING AT THE CLUB FOR GROWTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,934.40
source

Destination: OAKLAND, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 2, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $4,096.71
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: EXCALIBUR CLASSIC, INC.
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKING AT A FUNDRAISER FOR JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND DUKE UNIVERSITY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Date: Apr 16, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,786.50
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Electronic Retailing Association
Purpose: SPEAKING, GIVING KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,723.51
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Marsha Blackburn

Rodney Bacigalupo
Stephen Brophy
Ryan Laskarn
Jesse Ryan Loskarn
Joshua Mullen
Michael Platt



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