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teaching-teachers

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ALLEN, GEORGE, Republican Party
Virginia

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $12,460.91

Average cost per trip - $1,780.13
Total number of days spent traveling - 18 days
Rank of representative - 400 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - L.M. Sandler & Sons, Inc.
Dates - November 26, 2001 - November 26, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Norfolk, VA

Purpose - Speech to Congregation Beth El
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,700.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,725.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speaking engagement as part of
Notes -

Travel Cost - $624.00
Lodging Cost - $623.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,247.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Dates - March 27, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement for PHRMA and pharmaceutical industry representatives.
Notes - Mrs. Allen accompanied Senator Allen on this trip. Her expenses are included in the totals. Actual reimbursement. Other expenses are not specified.

Travel Cost - $100.00
Lodging Cost - $463.25
Meal Cost - $48.50
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $911.75

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Wyeth, Inc.
Dates - March 27, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement at annual meeting for PhRMA and pharmaceutical industry representatives.
Notes - Mrs. Allen accompanied Senator Allen on this trip. Her expenses are included. Actual reimbursement

Travel Cost - $1,338.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $284.60
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,622.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement at NASDAQ leadership summit, a dialogue between leaders and government officials. Trip in 2003, signed & filed in 2003
Notes - Mrs. Allen accompanied Senator Allen on this trip (no name provided) Her expenses are included in the totals. There is an amendment to lodging, changed from orig. $3,842 to $1,921. Originally given incorrect information from trip sponsors.

Travel Cost - $2,736.34
Lodging Cost - $1,921.00
Meal Cost - $670.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,327.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Middleburg, VA

Purpose - Senate Leadership Retreat
Notes - Attached memo with revised costs for Senator: trans: office provided-total lodging:317-Meal: 299, 89 for Mrs. Allen, other: 0

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $317.00
Meal Cost - $388.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $705.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Attend Consumer Electronics Leaders in Technology Trade Show.
Notes - Actual reimbursement

Travel Cost - $84.00
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $230.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $922.22

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.

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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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  • 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