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Back to The Data

Office of

James Moran


Total cost of 38 office trips: $106,638.46


Trips by James Moran
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $43,531.49

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $650.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: American International Group Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 10, 2000
Expense: $475.00
source

Destination: MIDDLE EAST (MOROCCO, TUNISIA, ALGERIA & EGYPT)
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $6,946.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $856.60
source

Destination: HYDE PARK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose:
Date: May 21, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: CONFERENCE "PROGRESSIVE POLITICS IN THE AMERICAS
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,615.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC-NATIONAL CONVERSATION
Date: Jul 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $444.00
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF NATO
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,650.00
source

Destination: MIDDLE EAST
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 17, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $7,878.09
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,758.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: TECH ISSUES. NET/KEY3 MEDIA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AS A SPEAKER AT A TECHNOLOGY PUBLIC POLICY PRIVACY PANEL
Date: Apr 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,083.00
source

Destination: SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING MTNG: TO DISCUSS TRADE, SECURITY, INTERNET ISSUES & US/EU PARTNERSHIP IN CURRENT ADMIN.
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,299.00
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT
Date: May 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,052.00
source

Destination: LANSDOWNE RESORT, LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: ANNUAL PRIVACY RETREAT
Date: Jul 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $575.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: MEETING TO DISCUSS "THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE"
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $609.31
source

Destination: ISTANBUL - VIA NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: ITKIB Association USA
Purpose: INAUGURAL VISIT BY TURKISH CAUCUS
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $4,565.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,670.99
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of James Moran

Timothy Aiken
Darius Henderson
Melissa Koloszar
Renee Mcdonald
Jennifer Park
Paul Reagan



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.