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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Peter Hoekstra


Total cost of 24 office trips: $37,224.55


Trips by Peter Hoekstra
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $25,194.95

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $10,214.00
source

Destination: DEPART DC: MARCH 10; SPEAK MARCH 11; RETURN MARCH 12
Sponsor: COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL POLICY ACTION, INC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 10, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,419.00
source

Destination: DEPART DC, MARCH 17 AM/RETURN TO GRAND RAPIDS, MI MARCH 17 PM
Sponsor: Constitutional Coalition
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 17, 2000
Expense: $594.50
source

Destination: SPEAKING SEPT 24TH, CONF. OTHER TIME
Sponsor: American Foundry Society
Purpose: SPEAK REGARDING WORKFORCE/LABOR ISSUES
Date: Sep 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,648.64
source

Destination: MASS. INSTITUTE OF TECH., BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: TECHNET, MASSACHUSETTS; KEANE, INC.
Purpose: DISCUSSION W/ 20 LEADING NEW ENGLAND TECH EXECUTIVES REGARDING ISSUES IMPACTING THE NEW ECONOMY, INC. INTERNET TAXATION, TRADE, HIB VISAS
Date: Oct 2, 2000
Expense: $1,244.85
source

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $156.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: PRECISION METALFORMING ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING AT PMA 2003 ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,336.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO TEL AVIV, ISRAEL TO AMMAN, JORDAN TO NEW YORK, NY TO DETROIT, MI TO GRAND RAPIX, MI
Sponsor: International Foundation
Purpose: TO BUILD BRIDGES OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES AND JORDAN.
Date: Dec 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,888.25
source

Destination: DC-CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $328.21
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Peter Hoekstra

Rebecca Hunt
Rebecca Jones
John Mcdonald
Greg Vanwoerkom
Justin Wormmeester



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 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 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

    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
  • 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.