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teaching-teachers

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Office of

James Mcgovern


Total cost of 32 office trips: $79,389.76


Trips by James Mcgovern
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $26,451.48

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING. TO FACILITATE EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN MASSACHUSETTES UNIVERSITIES AND CUBAN COUNTERPARTS
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Destination: COLOMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,930.76
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,139.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Services
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE INTER-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON PHARMACY
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,223.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: OXFAM
Purpose: TO REVIEW OXFAM'S DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS IN CUBA.
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,900.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL
Purpose: TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO PRESERVE EARNEST HEMINGWAY'S LEGACY INCLUDING PRESERVATION OF WORKS OF LITERARY SIGNIFICANCE.
Date: Nov 7, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $4,850.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF U.S. - CUBA POLICY
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $350.00
source

Destination: COLOMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,656.48
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: BOSTON - HAVANA - DC
Sponsor: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Services
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE INTER-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON PHARMACY
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,468.50
source

Destination: BETHESDA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: TO GAIN GREATER UNDERSTANDING ON THE ROLE RELIGIOUS FAITH PLAYS IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $537.60
source

Destination: BOGOTA, COLUMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,145.88
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: TO EVALUATE U.S. RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION AND FRANCE, AND TO DISCUSS TRADE, SECURITY AND ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,524.26
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of James Mcgovern

Edward Augustus
Cindy Buhl
Daniel Holt
Michael Meishon
Michael Mershon
Gladys Parker
Christopher Philbin
Keith Stern
Ryan Thrasher



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

    An American way of teaching

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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

    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