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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Christopher Cox


Total cost of 68 office trips: $76,280.06


Trips by Christopher Cox
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $10,007.95

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Sponsor: Freedom House
Purpose: OBSERVATION OF RUSSIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Date: Mar 24, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,555.87
source

Destination: 2000 COMDEX SPRING CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: COMDEX
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION (SPEECH)
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,062.00
source

Destination: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - IRVINE'S ANNUAL CEO ROUNDTABLE RETREAT SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: University of California at Irvine
Purpose: ADDRESS (SPEECH) GROUP TO DISCUSS CURRENT ORANGE COUNTY ISSUES
Date: May 5, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $750.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: 2001 BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $210.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002
Expense: $102.40
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $660.00
source

Destination: COS RETREAT AT GREENBRIER RESORT, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: OFFICIAL MEETINGS W/OTHER COS/LDRSHP
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $624.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER RESORT-WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: THE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Dec 6, 2003
Expense: $108.73
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ELECTED LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $900.21
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2004
Expense: $135.74
source

Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MD (WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER)
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND, IN THE PROCESS IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Christopher Cox

Charles Brown
Ben Cohen
Benedict Cohen
Steve Devine
Uttam Dhillon
Tom Dilenge
Ernest Downs
Howard Fienberg
James Freeman
John Gannon
Jessica Herrera
Muhammad Hutasuhut
Cheryl Jaeger
Christian Lee
Carolyn Lips
C Mcgrath
David Olson
Sarah Petry
David Schanzer
Jonathan Tolman
Peter Uhlmann
Josh Weerasinghe
Paul Wilkinson



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