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teaching-teachers

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Office of

John Sununu


Total cost of 22 office trips: $38,243.43


Trips by John Sununu
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $13,036.93

Destination: OVERNIGHT IN LA QUINTA, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT USTA'S TELCO LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $340.90
source

Destination: BOSTON-LONDON-DOHA
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE QATARI-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOR FREE MARKETS AND DEMOCRACY
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $9,000.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAK ON CONGRESSIONAL PANEL AT 2004 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,308.61
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT SIA CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $686.14
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR RESTORATION WEEKEND 2004
Date: Nov 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,177.58
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT SIA CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 30, 2004
Expense: $523.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Sununu

James Burnett
David Cuzzi
Pamela Kocher
Christiana Laventure
Michael O'rielly
John Richardson
Barbara Riley



American RadioWorks |
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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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    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

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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