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teaching-teachers

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Back to The Data

Office of

Thomas Petri


Total cost of 37 office trips: $49,039.34


Trips by Thomas Petri
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $19,303.95

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK TO LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,078.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Associated General Contractors and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK TO LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 23, 2000
Expense: $748.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Public Transportation Association
Purpose: ATTEND APTA CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 2, 2001
Expense: $300.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: Century Business Services Inc
Purpose: SPEAK AT SEMINAR WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS AND PRIVATE SECTOR ON FEDERAL HIGHWAY FUNDING AND REAUTHORIZATION OF TEA 21
Date: Apr 22, 2002
Expense: $321.00
source

Destination: COOPERSTOWN, NY
Sponsor: Cooperstown Conference Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL RAILROAD ISSUES
Date: Jul 12, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,001.00
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: University of Utah
Purpose: SPEAK AT POLITICAL SCIENCE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $539.78
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA.
Sponsor: Associated General Contractors and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ABOUT TEA 21 REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Feb 8, 2003
Expense: $391.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAJOLLA, CA TO DENVER, CO
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,027.63
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Bicycle Leadership Conference
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,286.33
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-JACKSONVILLE, FLA.-MILWAUKEE, WI
Sponsor: Railway Supply Institute
Purpose: TO ADDRESS RSI CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 14, 2004
Expense: $839.00
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $8,343.66
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON KID'S ACCOUNTS-A PLATFORM FOR FINANCIAL SECURITY
Date: Dec 3, 2004
Expense: $342.95
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: French-Ameriocan Foundation
Purpose: U.S. - FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $2,085.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Petri

Tom Adair
David Anderson
Katie Birschbach
Debra Gebhardt
Sue Kerkman-Jung
Richard Markowitz
Patrick Mullane
Paul Trempe



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

    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

    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