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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Baron Hill


Total cost of 26 office trips: $52,335.36


Trips by Baron Hill
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $18,434.65

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $950.00
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY/USEDOM, GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: 18TH ANNUAL CONGRESS - BUNDESTAG EXCHANGE SEMINAR
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,128.37
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,804.39
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - JACKSON HOLE, WY - SEYMOUR, IN
Sponsor: COMMUNITY FINANCIAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION, ADVANCE AMERICA, CNG FINANCIAL INC., JONES MANAGEMENT LLC, CASH AMERICA INC., SOFTWISE INC.
Purpose: FORUM ON PAYDAY ADVANCE INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: Jun 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,544.00
source

Destination: FT. MYER, FLORIDA - ISRAEL - LOUISVILLE, KY
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,961.05
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY TO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE INC., CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, AND THE CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE
Purpose: VISIT TO EXCHANGES
Date: Jul 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,158.84
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Baron Hill

Ryan Guthrie
Anne Keller
Jeannette Murray-Mount
Matt Pierce
Lisa Shelton
Eugene Wilk
John Williams



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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    "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