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teaching-teachers

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Back to The Data

Office of

Adam Smith


Total cost of 49 office trips: $115,698.06


Trips by Adam Smith
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $43,591.92

Destination: PHOENIX; SEDONA AZ
Sponsor: Qwest Communications International Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING RE: BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,596.47
source

Destination:
Sponsor: BOEING CO, MICROSOFT CORP WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK
Purpose: PACIFIC NORTHWEST STAFF VISIT
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,978.83
source

Destination: BEIJING, SHENZHEN AND TAIPEI, CHINA
Sponsor: ASPI GROUP AND SEATTLE PACIFIC TRADING CO
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $9,887.92
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,093.96
source

Destination: MICROSOFT CAMPUS
Sponsor: COLUMBIA RESEARCH GROUP
Purpose: MEET N' GREET
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $690.00
source

Destination: HONDURAS
Sponsor: GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS
Purpose: EXAMINE THE SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL POVERTY SUCH AS MICROCREDIT AND TO DISCUSS THE POSSIBLE IMPACT OF CAFTA WITH PEOPLE IN CENTRAL AMERICA
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,713.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: OPPORTUNITY TO BRING TOGETHER PUBLIC OFFICIALS, SCHOLARS, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR AN INFORMAL DISCUSSION OF PRESSING ISSUES FACING THE UNITED STATES
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,006.34
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND TO PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,107.20
source

Destination: SEATTLE TO ASPEN
Sponsor: THE ASPEN INSTITUTE & THE DLC
Purpose: EXAMINE THE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF GOOD LEADERSHIP AND APPLY THEM TO SPECIFIC REAL WORLD CHALLENGES AMERICA IS FACING IN THE NEW ECONOMY
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,313.20
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND TO TOKYO, JAPAN TO NAGOYA, JAPAN TO SEATTLE
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT STUDY TOUR. THE TRADE AND POVERTY FORUM MOBILIZES POLITICAL WILL AND ECONOMIC RESOURCES IN THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $10,205.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Adam Smith

Lars Anderson
Shana Chandler
Linda Danforth
Mark De La Iglesia
Brandon Hall
Jason Henning
John Mulligan
Hun Quach
Jordan Triplett
Andrea Tull
Ali Wade
Ali Weise



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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.