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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Howard Mckeon


Total cost of 41 office trips: $104,158.14


Trips by Howard Mckeon
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $30,819.35

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TOUR HI-TECH COMPANIES
Date: Nov 30, 1999
Expense: $814.00
source

Destination: HUNTINGTON BEACH/SEAL BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose: TOUR AND BRIEFING ON SPACE AND COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $530.90
source

Destination: EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Sponsor: NATIONAL COALITION OF HIGHER EDUCATION LOAN PROGRAMS
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 4, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $155.74
source

Destination: QATAR
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: QATARI-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOR FREE MARKETS & DEMOCRACY, DOHA, QATAR
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $15,800.00
source

Destination: NAT'L ASSOC. OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID ADMINISTRATORS CONFERENCE
Sponsor: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT NASFAA CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $317.36
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE TREASURERS
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER FOR THE COUNCIL ON GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $501.00
source

Destination: NY LAGUARDIA TO WASHINGTON NATIONAL
Sponsor: Association of Proprietary Colleges
Purpose: TO VISIT LOCAL UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES
Date: Dec 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,212.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $393.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: American Association of Community Colleges
Purpose: MR. MCKEON WAS PRESENTED WITH AN AWARD FOR SUPPORT OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Date: Apr 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $834.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DULLES TO MILAN ITALY VENICE ITALY TO REAGAN NATIONAL
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO LEARN OF COMMON ITALIAN/AMERICAN DEFENSE INTERESTS
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $10,261.15
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Howard Mckeon

James Bergeron
Robert Cochran
Kurt Courtney
Hanz Heinrichs
Heath Weems
Karen Weiss
Scott Wilk



American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

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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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  • 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