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teaching-teachers

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Back to The Data

Office of

John Warner


Total cost of 55 office trips: $89,222.28


Trips by John Warner
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $9,696.70

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: College of William and Mary
Purpose: SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT
Date: May 14, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Business-Government Relations Council
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COUNCIL
Date: Oct 15, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $1,501.00
source

Destination: BLACKSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Virginia Tech
Purpose: SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT
Date: May 12, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $857.00
source

Destination: NEW CHURCH, VIRGINIA (ACCOMACK)
Sponsor: MOSBACHER ENERGY COMPANIES & TM POWER VENTURES
Purpose: TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER, & DEDICATE COMMONWEALTH CHESAPEAKE POWER STATION
Date: Aug 14, 2000
Expense: $700.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (THE GREENBRIER) WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Business-Government Relations Council
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AND BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE ANNUAL BUSINESS GOVERNMENT RELATION COUNCIL MEETING
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,900.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Colonial Williamsburg
Purpose: VETERANS DAY SPEECH
Date: Nov 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $574.88
source

Destination: NORFOLK, VA TO WASHINGTON D.C.
Sponsor: NORFOLK SPORTS CLUB
Purpose: ONE-WAY TRAVEL FROM NORFOLK TO WASHINGTON, D.C. PROVIDED BECAUSE NO COMMERCIAL FLIGHT AVAILABLE. KEYNOTE ADDRESS GIVEN BY SENATOR WARNER FOR CITY OF NORFOLK SPORTS CLUB ANNUAL JAMBOREE-VA. OUTSTANDING COLLEGIATE COACH
Date: Mar 6, 2002
Expense: $1,200.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia
Purpose: TO DELIVER KEYNOTE SPEECH TO THE VA. INDEPENDENT COLLEGE FOUNDATION "EVENING OF EXCELLENCE" AND RECEIVE AWARD
Date: Jul 12, 2002
Expense: $350.00
source

Destination: FROM SMITHFIELD, VA TO WINCHESTER, VA
Sponsor: Smithfield Virginia
Purpose: AIRPLANE PROVIDED BY THE TOWN OF SMITHFIELD TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR 250TH BIRTHDAY-(OFFICIAL PARADE AND REMARKS)
Date: Sep 28, 2002
Expense: $1,200.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Plaza Hotel
Purpose: ACCEPTING AN AWARD FROM THE MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION
Date: Mar 28, 2003
Expense: $426.92
source

Destination: EMORY, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Emory and Henry College
Purpose: TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 14, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $170.00
source

Destination: SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
Purpose: TOUR NEW FACILITY
Date: Apr 11, 2005
Expense: $216.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Warner

Ben Cassidy
Chris Delacy
John Frierson
William Greenwalt
Gary Hall
Mary Alice Hayward
James Kadtke
Thomas Mackenzie
Susan Magill
Christopher Micci
Wendy Moltrup
Meredith Moseley
Chas Phillips
John Robinson
Geoffrey Schwartzman
Cord Sterling
Thomas Super
John Ullyot
Kristin White
Chris Yianilos



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

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    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