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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Lloyd Doggett


Total cost of 19 office trips: $134,825.99


Trips by Lloyd Doggett
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $124,749.93

Destination: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: May 26, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $9,117.68
source

Destination: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND; PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC; KIEV, UKRAINE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 17, 2000 (17 days)
Expense: $5,810.80
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE ON A CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY & THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 25, 2001 (11 days)
Expense: $8,791.80
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,217.80
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,871.35
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $16,800.00
source

Destination: SITKA, ALASKA TO JUNEAU
Sponsor: Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Purpose: TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: May 27, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $4,217.84
source

Destination: SINGAPORE, THAILAND, CAMBODIA
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: MEETING WITH SINGAPOREAN GOVERNMENTAL, BUSINESS & ACADEMIC LEADERS
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (13 days)
Expense: $16,592.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTENDING CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 8, 2003 (16 days)
Expense: $7,734.80
source

Destination: SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 22, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $7,450.60
source

Destination: FRANCE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN U.S.-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 17, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $7,494.52
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX TO SHANGHAI, CHINA BEIJING, CHINA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 24, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $17,846.04
source

Destination: ISTANBUL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: May 27, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $7,804.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Lloyd Doggett

Julie Davis
Mara Dowdall
Melissa Mueller



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