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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Anna Eshoo


Total cost of 43 office trips: $98,927.69


Trips by Anna Eshoo
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $48,720.57

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE, SPONSORED BY HARVANA UNIVERSI
Date: Jan 21, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $2,961.98
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION=THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,101.30
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Ernst & Young LLP
Purpose: MEETING W/ ERNST & YOUNG EXECUTIVES
Date: Mar 21, 2000
Expense: $280.40
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: RELIASTAR
Purpose: BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,953.68
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY AND HYDE PARK
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: HYDE PARK-DEMOCRATIC POLICY RETREAT
Date: May 19, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,010.20
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,918.30
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: RECEIVED AWARD AT GALA BANQUET
Date: Jun 9, 2001
Expense: $708.31
source

Destination: CONFERENCE IN PUNTA MITA MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $4,635.10
source

Destination: CONFERENCE IN BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 27, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $7,033.00
source

Destination: ACADEMIC PRESENTATION & DISCUSSIONS OF U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: IN DEPTH CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,815.80
source

Destination: FRANKFURT, GERMANY-ROME, ITALY-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $5,597.50
source

Destination: DUBLIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 26, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $6,919.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Anna Eshoo

Timothy Carey
Barbara Feinstein
Illegible Illegible
Nick Kolovos
Vanessa Kramer
Jason Mahler
Scott Nishioki
Megan O'reilly
Eric Olson
Stacey Rampy
Jared Weaver
Anne Wilson



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.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    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

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    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

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 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