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teaching-teachers

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Back to The Data

Office of

Bart Stupak


Total cost of 33 office trips: $86,543.95


Trips by Bart Stupak
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $51,145.71

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: ANNUAL CONFERENCE-DISCUSSED PENDING LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Sep 10, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $454.50
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: POLICY CONFERENCE REGARDING ELECTRIC INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 10, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,374.00
source

Destination: MANCHESTER, UK-LONDON, UK
Sponsor: BNFL Nuclear Services Inc
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT NUCLEAR ENERGY NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL & NUCLEAR PLANT DECOMISSIONING
Date: May 27, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $15,080.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Williams Companies
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT OF WILLIAMS CO., ENERGY INDUSTRY
Date: Oct 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,079.78
source

Destination: CONFERENCE AT TURNBERRY ISLE, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose:
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,892.79
source

Destination: HARBER SPRINGS, MI
Sponsor: MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR ANNUAL MAC DINNER
Date: Aug 20, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $225.51
source

Destination: CONGRESSMAN: ATLANTA, GA-FT. LAUDERDALE, FL-AVENTURA, FL-GREEN BAY, WI MRS. STUPAK: GREEN BAY, WI-FT LAUDERDALE, FL-AVENTURA, FL-GREEN BAY, WI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,976.37
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-BARCELONA, SPAIN-PARIS, FRANCE-GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR OF SPANISH AND FRENCH NUCLEAR FACILITIES AND DISCUSSIONS WITH INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: May 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $19,778.48
source

Destination: CONFERENCE IN MY DISTRICT ON MACKINAC ISLAND
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $528.52
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: KEYSTONE ENERGY BOARD CONFERENCE-DISCUSS ENERGY BILL AND PROPOSED REFORMS
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,732.08
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT-ISSUES AND POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,023.68
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bart Stupak

Matthew Berzok
Amy Fuerstenau
Lynne Jensen
Daphna Peled
Scott Schloegel
Leslie Thomsen
Sonya Wendell
Sean Wherley



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

    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