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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Byron Dorgan


Total cost of 78 office trips: $142,292.12


Trips by Byron Dorgan
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $17,736.56

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,832.60
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPANT-INTL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,840.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: ADDRESS EMPLOYEES OF CONNELL COMPANY ABOUT CURRENT LEGISLATION EVENTS IN CONGRESS AT COMPANY MEETING
Date: Mar 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $993.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: University of Denver
Purpose: DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,726.00
source

Destination: FARGO TO BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA
Sponsor: Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 80 MEGAWATT WIND PROJECT DEDICATION
Date: Sep 16, 2002
Expense: $664.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,411.63
source

Destination: GRAND FORKS, ND TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Oshkosh Truck Corporation
Purpose: SENATOR'S PARTICIPATION IN THE AEROSPACE & DEFENSE MANUFACTURING ROUNDTABLE IN GRANDFORKS, ND
Date: Oct 24, 2003
Expense: $1,585.00
source

Destination: BISMARCK, ND TO FARGO, ND
Sponsor: Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Purpose: SENATOR'S PARTICIPATION IN ENERGY LEGISLATIVE MEETING
Date: Dec 2, 2003
Expense: $345.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW AND MEETINGS TO DISCUSS INNOVATIONS IN TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $388.11
source

Destination: BISMARCK, ND TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Oshkosh Truck Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL GUARD 95TH BRIDGE COMPANY WELCOME HOME EVENT
Date: Aug 21, 2004
Expense: $882.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: TOUR COMCAST MEDIA CENTER TO REVIEW ADVANCEMENTS IN VIDEO ON DEMAND TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY USED TO DELIVER DIGITAL CABLE TO RURAL AREAS
Date: Jan 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,069.22
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Byron Dorgan

Gabriel Adler
Jeremy Bratt
Jose Cerda
Mike Eggl
Ladeene Freimuth
Maynard Friesz
Niles Godes
Elizabeth Gore
Brian Griffin
Brian Griffith
Pam Gulleson
F Jerome Hinkle
Curtis Jabs
Nicole Kroetsch
Jim Messina
Stephanie Mohl
Brian Moran
Emmett O'keefe
Emmett Okeefe
Daphna Peled
David Roll
Lindsey Runge
Toby Short
Dale Thoranson
Bob Valeu
G Franklin Walker
Lori Way
Dan Wogsland
Ian Woodward



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

    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