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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Richard Durbin


Total cost of 58 office trips: $184,051.25


Trips by Richard Durbin
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $99,436.97

Destination: SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS; GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND AND RETURN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA (MEMBER AND SPOUSE)
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,842.60
source

Destination: CHICAGO; MIAMI; WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK TO SOUTH DADE COUNTY AIPAC ORGANIZATION
Date: May 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,519.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEAR ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Sep 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $9,550.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: ATTEND CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS 2000 ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,282.55
source

Destination: LITHUANIA; FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCES OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,673.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK TO MIDDLE EAST-TEL AVIV, BERLIN, LEBANON, SYRIA, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $6,284.60
source

Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: ATTEND THE ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 20, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $14,461.00
source

Destination: NY TO ROME ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT. EXPENSES ARE FOR SENATOR AND HIS DAUGHTER, JENNIFER
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,398.20
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: Alaska Wilderness League
Purpose: TO VIEW THE WILDERNESS AND OIL FIELDS IN ALASKA
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,104.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIAN RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,628.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $9,516.02
source

Destination: INDIA AND BANGLADESH
Sponsor: Results Educational Fund
Purpose: VISITS TO TUBERCULOSIS TESTING AND TREATMENT, COMMUNITY HEALTH, AIDS AND MICROCREDIT PROGRAM SITES
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $8,800.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIAN-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,208.60
source

Destination: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS/SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Nov 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,168.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Richard Durbin

Sally Brown-Shaklee
Dan Cisek
Krista Donahue
Susan Gallagher
Ed Greelegs
Susan Hardesty
Ann Hwang
Nancy Kohn
Jessica Lenard
Elissa Levin
David Lieber
Anne Marie Murphy
Lynh Nguyen
Jessica Porras
David Sarokin
Darla Silva
Shannon Smith
Patrick Souders
Anne Steckel
William Weber
James Williams



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

    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.