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Office of

Eni Faleomavaega


Total cost of 16 office trips: $116,306.38


Trips by Eni Faleomavaega
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $85,931.25

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Sponsor: USO MISSOURI (TRAVEL) AND HOWARD JOHNSON HOTELS (LODGING)
Purpose: ASIA PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH SPEECH
Date: May 26, 2000
Expense: $1,230.00
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,175.00
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA ONLY
Sponsor: SAMOA FOR ALL OF SACRAMENTO
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 27, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $145.00
source

Destination: DC-KOREA-DC Congressnan LAS VEGAS-KOREA-LAS VEGA daughter
Sponsor: KOREA-U.S. EXCHANGE COUNCIL, BETTER HONG KONG FOUNDATION, CHINESE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION ASSOCIATION
Purpose: ENHANCE RELATIONS THROUGH THE "MANDATE FOR LEADERSHIP: PRIORITIES FOR THE PRESIDENT" CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $23,933.86
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: BUILD RELATIONSHIP WITH NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Date: May 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,450.50
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: POLICY SUMMIT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,359.63
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: MARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE ARMISTICE AGREEMENTS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA. WILL MEET WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS RE: KOREA/UNITED STATES RELATIONS. VISIT AMERICAN TROOPS AT DMZ.
Date: Nov 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $22,098.84
source

Destination: CONTINUATION OF KOREA TRIP
Sponsor: George Washington University
Purpose: TO PROMOTE EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE U.S. AND JAPAN TRADE AND ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $448.02
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION VISIT TO UN HEADQUARTERS
Date: May 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $616.70
source

Destination: DC-KAZAKHSTAN-SAN FRANCISCO-APIA
Sponsor: Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Purpose: ENHANCE US. - KAZAKHSTAN RELATIONS, DISCUSS NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION
Date: Jul 31, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $24,373.70
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO TAIPEI, TAIWAN TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: ATTENDING DEMOCRATIC PACIFIC UNION INAUGURAL MEETING AND FACT-FINDING/EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 12, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $8,100.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Eni Faleomavaega

Timothy Johnson
Enere Levi
Lisa Williams



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 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