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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Joseph Hoeffel


Total cost of 9 office trips: $24,669.90


Trips by Joseph Hoeffel
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $14,864.90

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,793.38
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, MONTGOMERY, SELMA, ALA.
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: ALABAMA PILGRIMAGE-35TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1965 VOTING RIGHTS MARCH
Date: Mar 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $489.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,788.00
source

Destination: TURNBURRY ISLE FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,779.57
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,292.95
source

Destination: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Sponsor: GREATER YELLOWSTONE COALITION/NATL PARKS CONSERV. ASSOC.
Purpose: YELLOWSTONE NATL PARK-WINTER USE ISSUE
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,722.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Joseph Hoeffel

Barbara Elder
Sarah Spence



American RadioWorks |
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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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