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teaching-teachers

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Office of

William Delahunt


Total cost of 24 office trips: $54,048.14


Trips by William Delahunt
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $15,075.05

Destination: MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MA
Sponsor: RETAILERS ASSOCIATION OF MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: 2000 EASTERN NASRAE CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 15, 2000
Expense: $495.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: USA Rice Federation
Purpose: PROMOTION OF TRADE
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,201.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR US BUSINESSES AND FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Jan 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $869.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT; CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,177.51
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: INVESTIGATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR US BUSINESS
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,051.34
source

Destination: DULLES-GUATEMALA-MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP RELATED TO ADOPTION
Date: Feb 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,360.00
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE-STUTTGART, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: TO EVALUATE US RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION, GERMANY, AND FRANCE, AND TO DISCUSS TRADE, SECURITY, AND ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $4,921.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of William Delahunt

Mark Agrast
Julie Carr
Cliff Etammerman
Michele Jalbert
Christine Leonard
Steven Schwadron
Cliff Stammerman



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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    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

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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
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