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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Peter Defazio


Total cost of 36 office trips: $81,675.31


Trips by Peter Defazio
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $28,215.73

Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,417.93
source

Destination: BOAT TRIP THRU PARTS OF ALASKA
Sponsor: Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF TONGAES NH FOREST
Date: Aug 11, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $3,207.88
source

Destination: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE IN MAUI HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES DISCUSSION W/ INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,257.00
source

Destination: EUGENE-KONA-PDX
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF CURRENT AVIATION ISSUES
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,319.32
source

Destination: DC-MIAMI-EUGENE
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF AVIATION SECURITY POST SEPT. 11TH
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,217.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: United States - New Zealand Council
Purpose: US-NZ TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (13 days)
Expense: $2,746.00
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, NTL AUDUBON SOCIETY, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, SIERRA CLUB & WILDERNESS SOCIETY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ON OIL DRILLING, ENERGY & WILDERNESS ISSUES
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,902.13
source

Destination:
Sponsor: National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Purpose: SPOKE TO NATCA CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $148.47
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Peter Defazio

Lisa Cohen
Penny Dodge
David Dreher
Katherine Eastman
Kristine Greco
Amelia Jenkins
Ven Neralla
Thomas Vinson
Katherine Weatherly Dedrick



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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    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

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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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