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teaching-teachers

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WAXMAN, HENRY A, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 22
Total cost of trips - $107,860.94

Average cost per trip - $4,902.77
Total number of days spent traveling - 116 days
Rank of representative - 33 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - JFK School of govt/The commonwealth fund bipartisan health policy conference
Notes - spouse, Janet

Travel Cost - $781.20
Lodging Cost - $1,678.52
Meal Cost - $618.73
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $3,118.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - November 28, 2000 - November 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker at event on evening of November 28
Notes - spouse, Janet

Travel Cost - $951.14
Lodging Cost - $204.21
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,155.35

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Warburg Dillon Read, LLC
Dates - May 22, 2000 - May 23, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - deliver speech at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $484.00
Lodging Cost - $628.38
Meal Cost - $42.81
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,155.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - attend conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - dates at personal expense-8/27-30

Travel Cost - $3,665.20
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,885.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - conference on global environment
Notes - spouse, Janet

Travel Cost - $2,395.60
Lodging Cost - $2,405.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,080.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - attend JFK School of Government Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - spouse Janet Waxman accompanied. Other expenses are for two jackets and totes.

Travel Cost - $2,138.00
Lodging Cost - $1,336.50
Meal Cost - $932.15
Other Cost - $89.90
Total Cost - $4,496.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 25, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - attend conference on global environment
Notes - spouse Janet Waxman accompanied. May 25 - 29 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $4,985.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,265.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland - Tallinn, Estonia

Purpose - participate in conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - spouse Janet Waxman accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,309.60
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,409.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Business Media
Dates - May 5, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dana Point, CA

Purpose - Speech on postal issues at their conference
Notes - spouse Janet Waxman accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $426.29
Meal Cost - $328.83
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $755.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nova Southeastern University
Dates - April 25, 2002 - April 27, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Healthcare speech at university conference
Notes - spouse Janet Waxman accompanied. Transport cost includes $60.06 for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $601.06
Lodging Cost - $921.97
Meal Cost - $116.31
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,639.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Nanjing, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - Conference on US-China relations
Notes - spouse Janet Waxman accompanied. Transport cost includes $1000 for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $10,430.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,230.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - conference on health care
Notes - with spouse Janet - other includes totebag and jacket given by sponsor

Travel Cost - $2,083.00
Lodging Cost - $1,315.32
Meal Cost - $1,015.41
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $4,458.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 9, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - conference on U.S. Russia relation
Notes - with spouse Janet

Travel Cost - $5,098.00
Lodging Cost - $1,380.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,078.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Dates - January 25, 2003 - January 28, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Purpose - conference on generic drugs
Notes - with spouse Janet

Travel Cost - $1,372.00
Lodging Cost - $690.00
Meal Cost - $442.87
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,504.87

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 22, 2004 - May 30, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - conference on political Islam
Notes - spouse Janet Waxman

Travel Cost - $4,792.00
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $1,968.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,035.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Rancho Mirage, CA

Purpose - Bipartisan California Delegation Retreat
Notes - spouse Janet Waxman and grandchildren Ari Abramson, Maya Abramson and Noa Abramson accompanied - other expenses were not specified

Travel Cost - $88.86
Lodging Cost - $799.92
Meal Cost - $1,792.15
Other Cost - $358.26
Total Cost - $3,039.19

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pharmaceutical Marketing Congress
Dates - September 28, 2004 - September 28, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Washington, DC - Philadelphia, PA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $223.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $28.00
Total Cost - $251.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 30, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - Conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Personal Expense 3 days

Travel Cost - $4,329.80
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,334.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 5, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - Conference on the global environment
Notes - Personal Expense 4 days

Travel Cost - $5,512.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,112.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Generic Pharmaceutical Assn
Dates - February 24, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Participate in conference on generic drugs
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $682.76
Lodging Cost - $901.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,583.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on US Policy in Latin America
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,123.91
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,616.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,689.91

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Washington, DC - Alabama - Washington, DC Note: Rep. and Mrs. Waxman each paid $500 towards their expenses. The $1000 was sent directly to the sponsor before departure.

Travel Cost - $930.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $124.00
Total Cost - $1,582.00

Additional family members - Yes

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.

Recent Posts

  • 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