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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.

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

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SLAUGHTER, LOUISE M, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $10,290.54

Average cost per trip - $791.58
Total number of days spent traveling - 35 days
Rank of representative - 427 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Niagara Falls, NY

Purpose - 17th annual congress - Bundetag Seminar
Notes - travelled with husband, Robert Slaughter

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $318.00
Meal Cost - $386.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $704.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Citizen
Dates - June 5, 2000 - June 6, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Montreal, Canada

Purpose - fact-finding trip on international prescription drug cost differential
Notes -

Travel Cost - $120.00
Lodging Cost - $45.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $165.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Virginia
Dates - March 30, 2001 - March 31, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charlottesville, VA

Purpose - Discuss member's legislation regarding genetic non-discrimination
Notes - Spouse Robert Slaughter accompanied.

Travel Cost - $35.15
Lodging Cost - $86.51
Meal Cost - $21.66
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $143.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - University of Kentucky
Dates - May 5, 2001 - May 7, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Lexington, KY

Purpose - commencement speaker
Notes - other costs are for computer time at Kinko's editing and copying speech

Travel Cost - $788.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $60.58
Total Cost - $848.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Kentucky
Dates - April 19, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Lexington, KY

Purpose - Deliver speech on the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Community-Based faculty initiative.
Notes - Spouse Robert Slaughter accompanied.

Travel Cost - $770.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $53.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $823.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Myra Tobin, Kentuckians for New York
Dates - October 29, 2001 - October 30, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech - update on action in congress
Notes -

Travel Cost - $32.00
Lodging Cost - $274.83
Meal Cost - $82.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $388.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Dates - July 28, 2001 - July 28, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech on the arts and accept award.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $336.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $336.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute for Genomic Research, AAAS
Dates - February 17, 2001 - February 18, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech about genetic non-discrimination
Notes -

Travel Cost - $493.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $46.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $789.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York State United Teachers
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 8, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Albany, NY

Purpose - speak at 5th annual NYSUT health and safety conference
Notes - one-way flight then drove back with staff member Lisa LaTravato (who listed $179.21 for transportation expense)

Travel Cost - $208.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $238.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Medical Colleges
Dates - January 16, 2002 - January 17, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - speak at 13th annual development conference for health professions, financial aid officers, about credit card legislation.
Notes - other expenses include $25 cancellation fee for spouse's airline ticket (he did not attend)

Travel Cost - $749.50
Lodging Cost - $177.00
Meal Cost - $44.50
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $996.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Auto Workers
Dates - April 26, 2004 - April 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlantic City, NJ

Purpose - Speaker at a conference
Notes - Rochester, NY - Atlantic City, NJ

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $155.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $155.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Free Press Media Conference
Dates - May 26, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Plenary session
Notes - Rochester, NY - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $497.81
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,497.81

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroad's Legislative Conference
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 10, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaking on panel
Notes - Rochester, NY - Palm Beach, FL Including spouse

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $1,554.00
Meal Cost - $1,030.00
Other Cost - $171.00
Total Cost - $3,205.00

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