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teaching-teachers

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Office of

John Lafalce


Total cost of 17 office trips: $62,820.83


Trips by John Lafalce
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $27,301.66

Destination: FRANKFURT, GERMANY & BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: "U.S.- GERMANY ROUNDTABLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,892.55
source

Destination: NIAGARA FALLS, NY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: 17TH ANNUAL CONGRESS BUNDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,606.00
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE IN US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $5,827.26
source

Destination: BUFFALO NY TO ST. PETERSBURG, FL.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,493.00
source

Destination: ROME TO CALABRIA, ITALY
Sponsor: NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: EXCHANGE OF POLITICAL AND LEGISLATIVE IDEAS BETWEEN ITALIAN OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,742.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $4,503.70
source

Destination: CHANTILLY, VA
Sponsor: Bilderberg Group
Purpose:
Date: May 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,237.15
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Lafalce

Katharine Bowen
Michael Collesano
Jeff Donarski
Hannelore Heyen
Jaime Lizarraga
Jane Mulliken
Jeanne Roslanowick
Kenneth Swab



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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