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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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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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LOWEY, NITA M, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $68,390.25

Average cost per trip - $5,699.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 81 days
Rank of representative - 76 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - education reform conference
Notes - spouse, stephen

Travel Cost - $1,669.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,129.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Hearst Corporation
Dates - August 6, 2000 - August 9, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Santa Fe, NM

Purpose - speech at women business exes. Confer
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,710.22
Lodging Cost - $804.99
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,115.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - conference on us-china relations
Notes - spouse, stephen; dates at personal expense - 5/28/2000-5/29/2000, 2 nights; other expenses=ground trans; lodging -4nights

Travel Cost - $1,944.00
Lodging Cost - $1,288.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,532.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - April 15, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional women's caucus
Notes - luncheon only, no travel

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $50.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 6, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - US Cuba relations; policy
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 5, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $7,250.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for jacket and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $1,514.00
Lodging Cost - $1,315.00
Meal Cost - $495.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,369.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on U.S.-Mexico relations
Notes - Other expenses are for ground transportation; Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,503.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,980.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,408.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - U.S. policy in South America
Notes - spouse Steve Lowey accompanied - other costs were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,524.00
Lodging Cost - $2,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,344.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - U.S.-China relations
Notes - other expenses were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,422.72
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $800.00
Total Cost - $5,697.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 19, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (17 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes - Personal expense 3/19/05 - 3/24/05 and 4/3/05 to 4/4/05 [Amended to show more personal days]

Travel Cost - $11,459.10
Lodging Cost - $1,535.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost - $2,030.00
Total Cost - $16,824.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2004 - September 1, 2004 (13 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - US - Russia - Europe relations
Notes - Personal expenses: August 20; August 27 - Sept 1st Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,908.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,113.20

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