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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

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Back to The Data

Office of

Charles Gonzalez


Total cost of 45 office trips: $73,606.33


Trips by Charles Gonzalez
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $17,814.49

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: 2004 INTERNATIONAL CES TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,223.44
source

Destination:
Sponsor: All Kinds of Minds
Purpose: MEETING ON EDUCATIONAL ISSUES
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $304.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-TELECOM POLICY
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,724.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, ROC
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Nov 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,250.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: 2005 INTERNATIONAL CES TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,111.14
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS-DETROIT-SAN ANTONIO
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,606.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-SARASOTA-SAN ANTONIO (DISTRICT)
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TELECOM EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,801.31
source

Destination: HOUSTON TX
Sponsor: Greater Houston Partnership
Purpose: GREATER HOUSTON PARTNERSHIP 2005 TX CONGRESSIONAL SUMMIT
Date: Feb 28, 2005
Expense: $202.40
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: POLICY SUMMIT
Date: Apr 8, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $592.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charles Gonzalez

Greg Davis
Rosemary Garza
Kevin Kimble
Adrian Saenz
Stephanie Smith
Anthony Zaffirini



American RadioWorks |
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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

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  • 08.27.15

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    "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