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Trips by*

Shannon Smith


Total cost of 14 trips: $15,917.32


Trips traveled under the office of Susan Collins

Destination: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS/SOUTH AFRICAN INST. OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,061.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Richard Durbin

Destination: WASHINGTON TO MALAWI
Sponsor: Save The Children
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,197.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION TO UNITED NATIONS
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $542.90
source

Destination: AIRLIE, VA
Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Barbara Lee

Destination: ROME TO CALABRIA, IT
Sponsor: NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: EXCHANGE OF POLITICAL AND LEGISLATIVE IDEAS BETWEEN ITALIAN OFFICIAL AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,871.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, TRUCKEE, CLAVEC RIVER AREA
Sponsor: Wilderness Society
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 27, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $959.09
source

Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Ploughshares Fund
Purpose: ARMS CONTROL SEMINAR
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $319.76
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $229.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-SHEPERDSTOWN, WV
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Apr 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $309.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: May 25, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $2,647.63
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-FAIRBANKS-ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE-FARIBA
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, NATURAL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON DRILLING, ENERGY, AND WILDERNESS ISSUES
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,532.48
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $315.72
source

Destination: ARIZONA
Sponsor: Wilderness Society
Purpose: FACT-FINDING REGARDING NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEM
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Ploughshares Fund
Purpose: MEETING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $331.84
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Shannon Smith.


American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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  • 08.20.14

    Paul Tough on how children succeed

    Paul Tough talks about his new book, How Children Succeed. He says it’s character that matters when it comes to learning. Children need curiosity, optimism and self-control.
  • 08.12.14

    Tracking and vocational ed

    Jeannie Oakes, who has studied tracking for decades, says vocational ed and "tracking" are connected, and that sorting students by race and class is still a problem.
  • 08.04.14

    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

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    Is school funding fair?

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