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teaching-teachers

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Back to The Data

Office of

Tammy Baldwin


Total cost of 16 office trips: $33,525.24


Trips by Tammy Baldwin
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $30,264.91

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: KEYNOTE
Date: Jan 12, 2000
Expense: $430.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,040.81
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: LESBIAN & GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTER, INC.
Purpose: KEYNOTE
Date: Mar 3, 2000
Expense: $561.00
source

Destination: HARVARD UNIVERSITY HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,248.95
source

Destination: 2001 BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: BI-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Commonwealth Fund
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,155.44
source

Destination: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, UNITED NATIONS, "GROUND ZERO"
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE AND THE HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $706.00
source

Destination: BI-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,132.36
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION/MEMBER COMMUNICATION
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $6,010.55
source

Destination: FT. LAUNDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,301.16
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: FACT FINDING-EDUCATION
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,582.79
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-DETROIT, MI-MADISON, WI
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: PANELIST; HEALTH CARE PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Apr 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $924.85
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tammy Baldwin

William Murat
Stacy Stordahl



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 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

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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

    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.