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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

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BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $31,177.12

Average cost per trip - $3,464.12
Total number of days spent traveling - 38 days
Rank of representative - 211 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Non-Commissioned Officers Association
Dates - July 7, 2000 - July 10, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speaking engagement and award presentation for his legislative efforts on behalf of veterans
Notes -

Travel Cost - $110.11
Lodging Cost - $137.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $85.00
Total Cost - $332.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Attend educational meetings regarding telecommunications
Notes - Spouse Evelyn Bilirakis accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $2,695.00
Lodging Cost - $1,568.40
Meal Cost - $543.68
Other Cost - $3.00
Total Cost - $4,810.08

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - spouse Evelyn -- no location indicated

Travel Cost - $2,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,076.00
Meal Cost - $1,310.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,386.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society
Dates - June 6, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse Evelyn Bilirakis accompanied.

Travel Cost - $354.00
Lodging Cost - $1,962.00
Meal Cost - $205.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,521.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 9, 2003 - January 13, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Notes - Spouse Evelyn Bilirakis accompanied. Other costs are phone calls.

Travel Cost - $3,149.00
Lodging Cost - $1,172.84
Meal Cost - $409.00
Other Cost - $50.76
Total Cost - $4,781.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 16, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaking engagement as a member of a Congressional panel
Notes - Spouse Evelyn Bilirakis

Travel Cost - $3,772.60
Lodging Cost - $2,044.75
Meal Cost - $145.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,963.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Spouse Evelyn Bilirakis

Travel Cost - $1,185.60
Lodging Cost - $1,824.66
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,310.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Hellenic Council
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Awards ceremony - speaking engagement
Notes - Washington, DC - Los Angeles - Washington, DC Personal Expense 3/7/05

Travel Cost - $1,137.61
Lodging Cost - $339.86
Meal Cost - $158.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,635.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Broadcasters
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,030.20
Lodging Cost - $2,043.75
Meal Cost - $362.65
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,436.60

Additional family members - Yes

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.

Recent Posts

  • 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