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teaching-teachers

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Back to The Data

Office of

Ernie Fletcher


Total cost of 28 office trips: $72,734.82


Trips by Ernie Fletcher
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $49,904.35

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CONGR. HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,716.69
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Medical Association
Purpose: NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE PANEL
Date: Mar 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,671.48
source

Destination: BIPAC BD OF DIRECTORS-NABPAC BD & MBRS MTG.
Sponsor: BIPAC - Business-Industry Political Action Committee
Purpose: SPEAK TO BOTH GROUPS RE: 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Nov 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,416.00
source

Destination: DC TO FL TO KY
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $4,260.12
source

Destination: FL
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: SPEAKER/PARTICIPANT ANNUAL MTG FOR BUS. ASSNS.
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,317.22
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: DC TO OSCEOLA, IOWA
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose: RD. TABLE DISCUSSION OF FARM BILL & EVENT FOR FOUNDATION
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $591.23
source

Destination: DC TO SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TRANS ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,576.34
source

Destination: SCOTLAND TO ISRAEL TO KY
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $10,378.32
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: American Horse Council
Purpose: HORSE BREEDING EDUCATIONAL SESSION
Date: Oct 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,050.92
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO TO LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: LISTENING TOUR & HEALTHCARE FORUM
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $9,464.02
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE TO NEW ORLEANS TO CINCINNATI
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: 51ST ANNUAL CONVENTION-EDUCATIONAL MTGS & EXPOSITION
Date: May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,260.01
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ernie Fletcher

Matthew Bassett
Phillip Brown
Bradford Campbell
Daniel Groves
James Hightower
Matthew Mccullough
Nicholas Mirisis



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

    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 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