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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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HOUGHTON, AMORY JR, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $44,539.43

Average cost per trip - $3,426.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 59 days
Rank of representative - 142 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - January 12, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Baden-Baden, Germany

Purpose - US/German roundtable for the 21st Century
Notes - accompanied by wife Priscilla Houghton

Travel Cost - $3,669.51
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,669.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march
Notes - accompanied by wife Priscilla D. Houghton -- member paid $100 towards transportation for spouse/child

Travel Cost - $270.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $764.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Elmira, NY

Purpose - meet w/ corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,375.44
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,803.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Silicon Valley, CA - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Meet with corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $275.66
Lodging Cost - $652.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $928.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Member paid $500 personally to participate in trip - removed from airfare cost.

Travel Cost - $221.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $585.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Dusseldorf, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Zurich, Switzerland

Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st Century
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Houghton accompanied.

Travel Cost - $7,927.00
Lodging Cost - $996.00
Meal Cost - $725.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,648.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Houghton accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Augusta, GA

Purpose - public policy forum
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,356.00
Lodging Cost - $410.88
Meal Cost - $296.98
Other Cost - $533.20
Total Cost - $2,597.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2002 - February 26, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - London, England

Purpose - U.S.-German roundtable for the 21st Century conference
Notes - spouse Priscilla accompanied.

Travel Cost - $14,000.00
Lodging Cost - $767.36
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,242.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - panel discussions, meetings with corporate officials to discuss legislation of mutual interest.
Notes - other expenses include bus transportation.

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost - $777.00
Meal Cost - $42.00
Other Cost - $66.66
Total Cost - $1,635.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 23, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Conference to share ideas
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton accompanied.

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $575.00
Total Cost - $2,975.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Selma, AL - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Participate in Civil Rights pilgrimage
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton accompanied. Other costs are for entry fees

Travel Cost - $480.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $913.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan meeting of Congress and their families
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton and grandson Amory Taylor Houghton accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

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