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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Thad Cochran


Total cost of 104 office trips: $236,326.07


Trips by Thad Cochran
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $14,817.68

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 17, 2000
Expense: $97.00
source

Destination: PRAGUE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $3,123.70
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,298.52
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: American College of Dentists
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 13, 2000
Expense: $1,918.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose: ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PROFILE IN COURAGE AWARD COMMITTEE
Date: Apr 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $864.72
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Reed Elsevier Group plc
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $197.00
source

Destination: GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI
Sponsor: MISSISSIPPI POULTRY ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MISSISSIPPI POULTRY ASSOCIATION
Date: Sep 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,329.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CSX CORPORATION (FLIGHT FROM DC TO WEST VIRGINIA) BRITISH PETROLEUM (FLIGHT FROM WEST VA TO DC) BUSINESS GOV'T RELATIONS COUNCIL (LODGING)
Purpose: ADDRESS BUSINESS-GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $974.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: SOUTHERN CROP PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION
Purpose: ADDRESS SOUTHERN CROP PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION
Date: Oct 21, 2001
Expense: $198.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND AWARD COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: Mar 3, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $736.25
source

Destination: ATTEND AWARD CEREMONY
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose:
Date: May 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,052.90
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose: ORGANIZATION MEETING
Date: Mar 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $371.09
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose: ORGANIZATION MEETING
Date: Mar 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,657.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thad Cochran

Rebecca Benn
Emily Brunini
Ann Copland
Patricia Doty
Win Ellington
Harvey Fisher
Warren Harper
Thomas Hawks
Clayton Heil
Stephen Higginbothom
Stewart Holmes
David Johnson
Rachelle Johnson
Mark Keenum
Lance Kotschwar
Josh Manley
William Mcclendon
Andrew Morton
Kimberly Nelson
Matthew O'mara
Nancy Olkewicz
Molly Phillips
Martha Poindexter
Brad Prewitt
Jenny Reeves
Rachelle Schroeder
Thomas Shipman
Les Spivey
Eric Steiner
Dawn Stump
Doug Sullivan
Marvin Sullivan
Marie Thomas
James Thompson
Doris Wagley
Virginia Wallace
Tyler Wegmeyer
Margaret Wicker
Andrew Willison



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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    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