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teaching-teachers

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Back to The Data

Office of

Thomas Davis


Total cost of 87 office trips: $166,215.66


Trips by Thomas Davis
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $27,744.35

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS PRODUCT - EDUCATION / IT SPECHES & PANELS
Date: Jan 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,614.81
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: TECHNET, MASSACHUSETTS, KEANE, INC.
Purpose: DISCUSSION W/ 20 LEADING NEW ENGLAND TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVES
Date: Oct 2, 2000
Expense: $744.85
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY
Sponsor: US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: INAUGURATION OF MEXICAN PRESIDENT - MEETINGS
Date: Nov 29, 2000
Expense: $400.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TOUR CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW AND LARGEST TECH TRADE SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $339.50
source

Destination: PANAMA, EL SALVADOR
Sponsor: US-PANAMA BUSINESS COUNCIL, GREATER AMERICA BUSINESS COALITION
Purpose: FACT FINDING, TELECOM ISSUES, EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE
Date: May 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,960.00
source

Destination: GREECE
Sponsor: United Hellenic American Congress
Purpose: FACT FINDING, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS/TRADE
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $7,329.16
source

Destination: COSTA RICA
Sponsor: REPUBLICANS ABROAD
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 2, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,055.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: ADDRESS ABA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 9, 2002
Expense: $570.31
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: Egypt's International Economic Forum
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT ECONOMIC FORUM
Date: May 25, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,200.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL 1/8/05
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $3,180.72
source

Destination: ASPEN RYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSBURG, MD
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $350.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Davis

Allyson Blandford
Lawrence Brady
Darcie Brickner
Ellen Brown
John Callender
Stephen Cima
Thomas Costa
Kathryn Coulter
Drew Crockett
Uyen Dinh
Gabriele Forsyth
Roland Foster
Danielle Hallcom
Amy Heerink
Jaime Hjort
John Hunter
Barbara Kahlow
Edward Kidd
Scott Kopple
Christopher Lopez
Marta Lubeck
David Marin
Ronald Martinson
Michael May
Kristine Mcelroy
Shannon Meade
Elizabeth Meyer
R Nicholas Palarino
Chas Phillips
Ashley Proctor
John Rowe
M H Sirh
Dan Skopec
Brian Stout
Shannon Weinberg
Melissa Wojciak
Bill Womack



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