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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Roger Wicker


Total cost of 32 office trips: $115,225.64


Trips by Roger Wicker
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $60,414.23

Destination: GALVESTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO ATTEND 19TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BURDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,555.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $632.11
source

Destination: AMSTERDAME TO VENICE, ITALY (KLM)
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,688.20
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD OUR SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,828.71
source

Destination: MEMPHIS TO PHOENIX TO MEMPHIS FOR GAYLE WICKER MEMPHIS TO PHOENIX FOR REP. WICKER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX - PUERTO VALLARTA - MEMPHIS FOR REP. WICKER; MEMPHIS - PUERTO VALLARTA - MEMPHIS FOR CAROLINE WICKER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA IN PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,521.84
source

Destination: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: KOREA US EXCHANGE COUNCIL AND US MALAYSIA EXCHANGE ASSOCIATION
Purpose: S. KOREA: MEET W/ADMIN REPS. MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, NAT'L SECURITY ADVISOR, & US BUSINESS TO DISCUSS US TROOP PRESENCE IN KOREA/N. KOREA NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. MALAYSIA: MEET W/ PRIME MINISTER AND OTHER CABINET OFFICIALS TO LEARN MORE OF THE US BUSINESS &
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $27,757.98
source

Destination: MANASSAS, VA - STARKVILLE, MS, MUNICIPAL AIRSTRIP
Sponsor: Aurora Flight Sciences
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH FOR RIBBON CUTTING/GRAND OPENING AT AURORA'S STARKVILLE UAV FACTORY. PRIVATE AIRCRAFT WAS USED. EQUIVALENT FIRST CLASS AIRFARE FROM DCA TO GTR
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $616.70
source

Destination:
Sponsor: ISLE OF CAPRI CORP.
Purpose: CHARITY BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE BB KING MUSEUM
Date: Jul 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $334.19
source

Destination: DULBIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US - RUSSIA - EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $8,841.30
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Roger Wicker

Bradley Ayers
Michelle Barlow
Jennifer Biggy
Kim Chamberlin
John Keast
Aubert Kimbrell
James Perry
Lemuel Smith
Susan Sweat
Erskine Wells



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