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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Martin Olav Sabo


Total cost of 20 office trips: $48,733.37


Trips by Martin Olav Sabo
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $28,684.88

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $6,796.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,070.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-PHOENIX AND SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN ASSOC. OF AMERICAN RAILROADS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $3,104.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT (2001)
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,322.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU TO KONA, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: 2002 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 3, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $7,808.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO KAILUA-KONA, HI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: 2003 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $647.08
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, VA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $994.00
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS, MN TO KONA, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: 2005 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,943.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Martin Olav Sabo

Marjorie Duske
Robyn Hiestand
Allison Skowronski
Travis Talvitie
Lisa Tomlinson
Sharon Wagener



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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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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