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Office of

John Rockefeller


Total cost of 43 office trips: $95,318.18


Trips by John Rockefeller
Total cost of congressperson's 5 trips: $5,881.39

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKER AT THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA'S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP EVENTS SPOKE AT TWO DINNERS AND ONE LUNCHEON
Date: Dec 5, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $1,218.57
source

Destination: HUNTINGTON, WV - DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: Young Presidents' Organization and affiliates
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE YOUNG PRESIDENTS ORGANIZATION MONTHLY MEETING
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $3,377.82
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: United Airlines
Purpose: TO VISIT UNITED AIRLINES WORLD HEADQUARTERS, TOURED THE SITE AND MET WITH TOP OFFICIALS
Date: Feb 28, 2000
Expense: $175.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE ANNUAL AIPAC DINNER
Date: Apr 30, 2001
Expense: $610.00
source

Destination: MORGANTOWN, WV
Sponsor: Toyota Motor Corporation
Purpose: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE
Date: Jun 18, 2001
Expense: $500.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Rockefeller

Katherine Ates
Amy Barber
Ellen Doneski
Terri Giles
Tamera Luzzatto
Paul Margie
Jocelyn Moore
Wendy Moris
Michael Nilsson
Barbara Pryor
James Reed
John Richards
D Patrick Robertson
Deborah Veres
J Liam Wasley



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

    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

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