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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Susan Collins


Total cost of 36 office trips: $64,100.30


Trips by Susan Collins
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $11,451.25

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: THE COMMONWEALTH FUND BIPARTISAN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE -- INVITED PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,909.93
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: NOVAGRADIC & COMPANY
Purpose: TO GIVE A SPEECH AT THE CREDIT & BOND FINANCING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONFERENCE
Date: May 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $984.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Association for Home Care and Hospice
Purpose: GAVE A SPEECH ON LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING HOME HEALTHCARE
Date: Oct 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,104.32
source

Destination:
Sponsor: MEXICO SOLIDARITY NETWORK GLOBAL EXCHANGE, LATIN AMERICA WORKING GROUP
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE RURAL CRISIS AND STATE OF SMALL FARMERS IN MEXICO
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Destination: ROCKPORT, MAINE
Sponsor: Col Frances Auclair
Purpose: GAVE SPEECH AT THE MAINE UNIT #41 OF WAVES NATIONAL BANQUET (WOMEN VETERANS OF THE SEA SERVICES)
Date: May 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $222.56
source

Destination: ROCKLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: FMC Corporation
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S MEETING OF THE FMC CORPORATION
Date: Aug 21, 2003
Expense: $1,053.57
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS IN SACRAMENTO, SAN FRANCISCO, OAKLAND AND SAN JOSE
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,458.14
source

Destination: NEWCASTLE, NH
Sponsor: NORTHEASTERN RETAIL LUMBER ASSOCIATION
Purpose: GAVE SPEECH ON LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SESSION OF THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Sep 11, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $261.63
source

Destination: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS/SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Nov 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,653.00
source

Destination: SANIBEL, FL
Sponsor: Barrier Island Group for the Arts
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT LECTURE SERIES ON INTELLIGENCE REFORM
Date: Jan 30, 2005
Expense: $804.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Susan Collins

Jane Alonso
Claire Barnard
Michael Bopp
William Card
William Clarkson
James Dohoney
Ann Fisher
Eileen Fisher
Bonnie Heald
Jennifer Hemingway
Paul Howard
David Hunter
Rena Johnson
Laura Pyzik
Alec Rogers
Michael Russell
Heather Smith
Shannon Smith
Kirk Walder



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