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teaching-teachers

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Office of

David Hobson


Total cost of 29 office trips: $134,247.93


Trips by David Hobson
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $70,070.23

Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, W VA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: ACPA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Sep 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $4,900.28
source

Destination: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: 2001 TRANS ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $19,571.56
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, W VA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: ACPA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Sep 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,867.98
source

Destination: LANAI, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $8,625.78
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. AND COLUMBUS, OHIO TO MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,463.40
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FL - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: MEETING TO DISCUSS OUTLOOK FOR AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,142.30
source

Destination: CANCUUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,883.00
source

Destination: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2004 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $15,226.78
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-FT. MYERS, FL-COLUMBUS, OH
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL/INDUSTRY WORKSHOP
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,851.84
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: 2005 CONGRESSIONAL ADVISORY BOARD POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,537.31
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of David Hobson

Mary Beth Carozza
Ryan Gang
Ryan Gaug
Kenneth Kraft
Wayne Struble
Brian Worth



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