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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Nita Lowey


Total cost of 31 office trips: $95,001.20


Trips by Nita Lowey
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $66,675.25

Destination: NAPLES, FLA.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION REFORM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,129.00
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BRIT. COLUMBIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. - CHINA RELATIONS
Date: May 28, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $4,532.00
source

Destination: SANTA FE N. MEX
Sponsor: Hearst Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH AT WOMEN BUSINESS EXES. CONFER.
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,115.21
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: CONG. WOMEN'S CAUCUS LUNCHEON AT THE U.N.
Date: Apr 15, 2002
Expense: $50.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLA.
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,369.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: US-CUBA RELATIONS; POLICY
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,558.02
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,250.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,408.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: U.S./CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,997.72
source

Destination: GRAND EXVAM ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: U.S. POLICY IN SOUTH AMERICA
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $6,344.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (12 days)
Expense: $8,113.20
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (16 days)
Expense: $15,809.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Nita Lowey

Clare Coleman
Jean Doyle
Eric Feldman
Christopher Kukla
Matthew Traub
Beth Tritter
Katherine Winkler



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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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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  • 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