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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

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LEAHY, PATRICK, Democratic Party
Vermont

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $31,313.08

Average cost per trip - $3,914.14
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 208 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - speech to the association
Notes - wife accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,093.00
Lodging Cost - $696.20
Meal Cost - $196.95
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $2,021.15

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation
Dates - June 3, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlantic City, NJ

Purpose - remarks at MCLEF annual banquette
Notes - Marcelle Leahy accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $475.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 7, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - remarks at Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation banquet
Notes - Marcelle Leahy

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $225.00
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $295.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Simons Foundation
Dates - November 30, 2001 - December 4, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - Remarks and acceptance of The Simons Foundation award for peace and disarmament.
Notes - Marcelle Leahy

Travel Cost - $5,325.00
Lodging Cost - $197.73
Meal Cost - $72.60
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,595.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Panel discussion hosted by the consumer electronic association at the consumer electronic show.
Notes - Marcell Leahy accompanied the Senator on this trip

Travel Cost - $2,022.00
Lodging Cost - $735.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,857.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Allen & Company
Dates - July 12, 2002 - July 14, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sun Valley, ID

Purpose - Discussion in the panel session on HIV/AIDS at the Allen & Company Annual Conference
Notes - Marcell Leahy accompanied the Senator on this trip

Travel Cost - $1,413.00
Lodging Cost - $1,009.00
Meal Cost - $395.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,817.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - McConnell Center for Political Leadership
Dates - March 2, 2003 - March 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Louisville, KY

Purpose - Remarks to the "McConnell Scholars" as well as the general Louisville University community
Notes - Marcella Leahy accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,425.00
Lodging Cost - $135.60
Meal Cost - $189.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,749.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Strategic & Intl Studies (CSIS)
Dates - November 11, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - US Participant in CSIS's high level dialogue entitled "The Future of the US-French Security Relationship" Marcelle accompanied the Senator on this trip.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $13,782.00
Lodging Cost - $821.00
Meal Cost - $900.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,503.00

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