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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Joseph Pitts


Total cost of 44 office trips: $97,932.97


Trips by Joseph Pitts
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $33,470.96

Destination: JAKARTA, INDONESIA-LAHOVE, ISLAMABAD, KOTTI NUNA-KASHR BORDER OF PAKES
Sponsor: INDONESIA-JUBILEE CAMPAIGN PAKISTAN-INAYAT BEGUM MEMORIAL TRUST
Purpose:
Date: May 29, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $5,378.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 5, 2001
Expense: $145.00
source

Destination: PAKISTAN, ALGERIA
Sponsor: PAKISTAN-INAYAT BEGUM FOUNDATION, ALGERIA-DEFENSE FORUM FOUNDATION
Purpose: PAKISTAN-PEOPLE TO PEOPLE DIPLOMACY, HUMANITARIAN ACT, ALGERIA-DIPLOMATIC MEETINGS, VISIT REFUGE CAMPS
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $3,759.76
source

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE, MA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $63.40
source

Destination: BANGKOK, LAOS, VIETNAM, THAILAND
Sponsor: Jubilee Campaign USA
Purpose: DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH NATIONAL LEADERS/STUDY HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $3,825.37
source

Destination: PAKISTAN-LAHORE, KOTLI NUNAN, MAZZAFARABAD, ISLAMABAD INDIA-BOMBAY, AHMEDABAD, NEW DELHI
Sponsor: PAKISTAN-INAYATBEGUM FOUNDATION INDIA-JUBILEE CAMPAIGN, USA
Purpose: TO MEET & BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS & NADS, PARTICULARLY ON HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES
Date: Jan 3, 2004 (11 days)
Expense: $7,506.75
source

Destination: BELARUS
Sponsor: International Foundation
Purpose: BUILD RELATIONSHIPS BY US & BELARUS
Date: May 20, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $7,490.00
source

Destination: SPAIN-MADRID & ZARAGOZA
Sponsor: Defense Forum Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND & SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE OF PARLIAMENTARIANS ON THE ISSUE OF WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Nov 26, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,360.10
source

Destination: DC-BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING/BUILDING COALITIONS
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $936.58
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,006.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Joseph Pitts

Angelita Avila
Julie Carr
Amy Jones
Derek Karchner
Nina Krig
Ken Miller
John Neville
Lauren Noyes
Monica Volante
Bill Wichterman



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

    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