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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Betty Mccollum


Total cost of 31 office trips: $76,299.82


Trips by Betty Mccollum
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $31,940.11

Destination: CONFERENCE AS PART OF THE HARVARD UNIVERSITY JFK SCHOOL OF GOV.
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,151.45
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO FAIRBANKS ALASKA TO THE ARCTIC VILLAGE
Sponsor: ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO THE ARCTIC NATIONAL REFUGE
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $3,017.08
source

Destination: TRAVELED ON MAY 26, TOOK BOAT TRIP TO TOUR THE TORGASS FOREST, RETURNED ON JUNE 2
Sponsor: Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Purpose: TO GATHER INFORMATION ON THE TORGASS NATIONAL FOREST AS A MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS RECREATION AND FORESTRY & THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NAT'L FORESTS & FOREST HEALTH
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,596.42
source

Destination: NORTH BELFAST, IRELAND
Sponsor: International Women's Democracy Center
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,017.88
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO GAIN MORE IN DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF CURRENT HEALTHCARE ISSUES
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,638.09
source

Destination: SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation
Purpose: TO SEE FIRSTHAND WHAT IS BEING DONE TO COMBAT THE GLOBAL AIDS EPIDEMIC
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (10 days)
Expense: $8,029.43
source

Destination: ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Sponsor: Parliamentary Network on the World Bank
Purpose: HIV/AIDS WORKING GROUP
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $8,089.37
source

Destination: ST. PAUL FOR BOZEMAN, MONTANA
Sponsor: National Public Lands Grazing Campaign/American Lands Institute
Purpose: THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM GRAZING FACT-FINDING TOUR.
Date: Aug 31, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $929.22
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,471.17
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Betty Mccollum

John Donald Burton
Bill Harper
Dany Khy
Anna Koeckeritz
Emily Lawrence
Chad Lord
Brittny Mccarthy
Jonathan Moore
Nora Smith
Constance Warhol



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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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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    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

    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
  • 08.27.15

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