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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Vic Snyder


Total cost of 15 office trips: $55,603.18


Trips by Vic Snyder
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $40,764.30

Destination: LITTLE ROCK TO NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING MEETING
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $758.00
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US/RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $4,305.80
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jan 3, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,254.50
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $4,564.10
source

Destination: LANAI CITY, HI; HONOLULU, HI
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,682.90
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OREGON TO MOSCOW, RUSSIA TO LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIAN RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,763.00
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE OF POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $8,031.50
source

Destination: DUBLIN, IRELAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 17, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $8,404.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Vic Snyder

Michael Casey
Dawn Patrice Jackson
Dexter Pearson
Matt Price
James Savage



American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

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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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  • 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