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teaching-teachers

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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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UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN, Republican Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 22
Total cost of trips - $48,590.69

Average cost per trip - $2,208.67
Total number of days spent traveling - 74 days
Rank of representative - 129 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 24, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (11 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Venice, Italy

Purpose - educational
Notes - took wife, Amey Upton

Travel Cost - $6,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,050.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Venice, Italy

Purpose - educational
Notes - took wife, Amey Upton

Travel Cost - $142.00
Lodging Cost - $510.00
Meal Cost - $458.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,260.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - October 12, 2001 - October 14, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - spiritual retreat
Notes - Spouse Amey Upton accompanied. Lodging includes meal costs.

Travel Cost - $905.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,205.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Dates - June 1, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Meetings with business and community leaders and other government officials
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Meals are included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $18.50
Lodging Cost - $627.90
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $825.00
Total Cost - $1,471.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electronic Industries Institute
Dates - March 23, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speech to conference delegates.
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Spouse Amey Upton accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,544.50
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,144.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Recording Industry Association of America
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Briefings/workshops in reference to the recording industry.
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Other costs for in-town transportation.

Travel Cost - $363.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.50
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $438.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - June 10, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Attend National Cable Television Conference and speak to Tribune Management Forum.
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed.

Travel Cost - $1,297.50
Lodging Cost - $415.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,822.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - EchoStar Communications Corp.
Dates - June 18, 2001 - June 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - gain a better understanding of satellite communications.
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed.

Travel Cost - $1,741.64
Lodging Cost - $224.64
Meal Cost - $81.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,047.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - consumer electronics show, participate in panel discussion with other congressmen and senators
Notes - "Parts of each day" at own expense. Transport to/from airport included in transportation cost.

Travel Cost - $597.50
Lodging Cost - $269.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $941.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ford Motor Co.
Dates - June 13, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - attend briefing and reception in association with Ford Motor Company's centennial celebration
Notes - with spouse Amey Upton

Travel Cost - $520.00
Lodging Cost - $181.36
Meal Cost - $438.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,139.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - WGN-TV, Tribune Broadcasting
Dates - March 21, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - WGN Annual Event with Cubs spring training
Notes - with child Stephen Upton

Travel Cost - $1,838.00
Lodging Cost - $1,100.60
Meal Cost - $398.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,336.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - June 6, 2003 - June 8, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - public policy forum on industry issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,649.04
Lodging Cost - $1,004.52
Meal Cost - $228.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,882.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Prayer, Politics and Reconciliation retreat (bipartisan)
Notes - with spouse Amey. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $2,274.00
Lodging Cost - $316.00
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,830.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
Dates - March 16, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - CTIA annual conference
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $2,208.21
Lodging Cost - $419.71
Meal Cost - $155.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,783.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - fact-finding meeting
Notes - other costs were ground transportation

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $374.57
Meal Cost - $122.17
Other Cost - $241.15
Total Cost - $737.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 18, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - conference (relating to subcommittee)
Notes -

Travel Cost - $764.80
Lodging Cost - $1,231.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,085.80

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed by Congressman Upton. Spouse Amey Upton and children Meg and Stephen accompanied. Meal expenses included in lodging costs. Other costs are for registration fees.

Travel Cost - $504.00
Lodging Cost - $1,530.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $190.00
Total Cost - $2,224.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Assn of Broadcasters
Dates - August 8, 2004 - August 10, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Speech
Notes - St Joseph, MI - Mackinac Island, MI

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $628.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $628.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - To reflect/discuss the connection between faith and their work in Congress
Notes - Washington, DC - Charleston, SC - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $613.58
Lodging Cost - $375.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,213.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Selma, AL

Purpose - To remember, reflect and discuss the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Voting March
Notes - Washington, DC - Selma, AL - St Joseph, MI

Travel Cost - $1,082.90
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $124.00
Total Cost - $2,002.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Broadcasters
Dates - April 17, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To speak on a panel regarding telecommunications issues. - 1000 people
Notes - Washington, DC/Dulles - Las Vegas - Dulles

Travel Cost - $585.50
Lodging Cost - $572.25
Meal Cost - $195.69
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,353.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - A conference on Political Islam and it's impact on the EU and middle-east
Notes - Washington, DC - Istanbul, Turkey - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $2,142.15
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,992.15

Additional family members - No

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