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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Tom Udall


Total cost of 21 office trips: $108,658.42


Trips by Tom Udall
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $89,523.56

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, MONTGOMERY, SELMA, AL
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: ALABAMA PILGRIMAGE TO MARK THE 35TH ANIV. OF THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS MARCH
Date: Mar 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $764.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: NEWS AND ANALYSIS PROGRAM
Date: Nov 27, 2000
Expense: $835.10
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PLANNING
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,352.00
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $8,455.60
source

Destination: WASHINGTON TO BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,034.00
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY - HEIDELBERG
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO ATTEND 20TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,564.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C., TO ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,563.20
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,960.00
source

Destination: BETHESDAY, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: LEADERSHIP TRAINING - "LEADING WITH COURAGE & COMPASSION"
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $293.00
source

Destination: MADAGASCAR & SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: Conservation International
Purpose: LAND CONSERVATION-VISITS TO LAND & ANIMAL PRESERVES
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (11 days)
Expense: $15,762.26
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $6,745.62
source

Destination: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,988.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PUNTA MITA, MEXICO TO ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,074.48
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $8,131.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Udall

Sarah Cobb
Michael Collins
Cynthia Cook
Carlos Fierro
Johanna Polsenberg
Pete Valencia
Robert Vasquez



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.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    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

    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