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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Trent Lott


Total cost of 82 office trips: $173,810.64


Trips by Trent Lott
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $40,412.32

Destination: TELLURIDE, COLORADO
Sponsor: Young Presidents' Organization and affiliates
Purpose: ADDRESS WINTER MEETING
Date: Feb 4, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $7,650.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: TO ADDRESS CSX'S ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Sep 2, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,660.44
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American College of Trial Lawyers
Purpose: TO ADDRESS SPRING CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,651.24
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: TO ADDRESS CSX'S ANNUAL MEETING
Date: May 27, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,647.00
source

Destination: VENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT TO RAILROAD INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,648.00
source

Destination: SANDESTIN, FL
Sponsor: Defense Research Institute
Purpose: TO ADDRESS REGIONAL MEETING
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,531.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL/INDUSTRY WORKSHOP
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,850.00
source

Destination: PASCAGOULA, MS
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose:
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $602.50
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: ADDRESS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,069.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 10, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,632.20
source

Destination: KONA, HI
Sponsor: AAAE/ACI-NA
Purpose: TO ADDRESS CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,028.74
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,442.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Trent Lott

Renee Bennett
Steve Browning
Angel Campbell
Jennifer Casademont
Brandon Cobianchi
Thomas Elwjin
William Gottshall
Virginia Gregory
Dave Hoppe
Susan Irby
Rohit Kumar
Hardy Lott
John Mashburn
Jack Norris
Laura O'neill
Carol Ross
Elizabeth Ross
Emanuel Rossman
James Sartucci
Beth Spivey
Mitch Waldman
Steven Wall
Susan Wells
Clay Williams
Brian Wilson
Eric Womble



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