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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Rob Bishop


Total cost of 10 office trips: $46,490.80


Trips by Rob Bishop
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $43,064.71

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY; HEIDELBERG
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO ATTEND 20TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDES TAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,646.40
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL, MN
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: MEETING OF THE CONGRESSIONAL STUDY GROUP ON GERMANY, A PARLIAMENTARY EXCHANGE PROGRAM BETWEEN U.S. CONGRESSIONAL AND GERMAN GOVERNMENT LEADERS
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,401.30
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: MEETING OF THE CONGRESS BUNDESTAG FORUM, A PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUNDESTAG AND THE U.S. CONGRESS TO IMPROVE DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION
Date: Dec 9, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,175.55
source

Destination: BALTIMORE MARRIOT
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.54
source

Destination: ARRIVED IN BERLIN, GERMANY ON THE 19TH, DAY TRIP TO BRUSSELS, BELGIUM ON THE 22ND; STAYED IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY FROM THE 23RD-24TH
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUNDESTAG, GERMAN GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES AND EU AND NATO OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CURRENT ISSUES IN THE TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONSHIP.
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $4,960.10
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY - ELMAU, GERMANY
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: TO IMPROVE DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUNDESTAG AND THE U.S. CONGRESS AND TO GAIN ADDITIONAL INSIGHT INTO GERMAN POLITICS AND POLICY
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $15,982.24
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $13,016.58
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Rob Bishop

Justin Harding



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

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    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.