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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Paul David Wellstone


Total cost of 21 office trips: $26,307.08


Trips by Paul David Wellstone
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $21,563.08

Destination: SALTLAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: SUE ARENDS OR LELAND SWENSON PRES NATIONAL FARMER'S UNION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,402.00
source

Destination: RALEIGH/DURHAM, N.C
Sponsor: University of North Carolina
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Date: Mar 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,409.64
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-NEW YORK CITY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,672.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - VIA CHICAGO TO MADISON, WI - MSP
Sponsor: MIKE MOSKOFF MADISON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 12, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,461.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 20, 2000
Expense: $331.00
source

Destination: PDW-MINNEAPOLIS-NEW ORLEANS SHEILA WELLSTONE-NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONCILIATION COURTS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,661.40
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: PHILADELPHIA COMMON CAUSE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 31, 2000
Expense: $1,111.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA-MINNEAPOLIS-LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: United Steelworkers of America
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,306.10
source

Destination: SAN FRAN-CA-OAKLAND CA.
Sponsor: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,683.89
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: University of California at Berkeley
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,787.00
source

Destination: NYC, NY
Sponsor: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,225.01
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS MN-TO CLEVELAND, OHIO TO WASHINGTON D.C.
Sponsor: National Jewish Democratic Council
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 25, 2001
Expense: $1,579.00
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS, MN-NEW YORK CITY-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: RANDOM HOUSE INC. LIN FORGANTTI
Purpose: INTERVIEW-SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 16, 2001
Expense: $1,373.01
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: RANDOM HOUSE INC. LIN FORGANTTI
Purpose: INTERVIEW-SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $986.78
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Citizen Action/Illinois
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 28, 2001
Expense: $574.25
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Paul David Wellstone

Mark Anderson
John Gilman
Rachel Gragg
Perry Lange
Colin Mcginnis
Richard Mckeon



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

    An American way of teaching

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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

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    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