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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Louise Mcintosh Slaughter


Total cost of 25 office trips: $19,022.87


Trips by Louise Mcintosh Slaughter
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $10,290.54

Destination: NIAGARA FALLS NY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: 17TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDESTAC SEMINAR
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $704.00
source

Destination: SPEECH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COMMENCEMENT ON 5/7/00
Sponsor: University of Kentucky
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $848.58
source

Destination: MONTREAL, ONTARIO, CANADA
Sponsor: Public Citizen Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON INTERNATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST DIFFERENTIAL
Date: Jun 5, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $165.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: THE INSTITUTE FOR GENOMIC RESEARCH / AAAS
Purpose: SPEECH ABOUT GENETIC NON-DISCRIMINATION
Date: Feb 17, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $789.00
source

Destination: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Sponsor: University of Virginia
Purpose: DISCUSS THE MEMBER'S LEGISLATION REGARDING GENETIC NON DISCRIMINATION
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $143.32
source

Destination: LEXINGTON, KY RETURN TO ROCHESTER, NY
Sponsor: University of Kentucky
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH ON THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY CHANDLER MEDICAL CENTER COMMUNITY-BASED FACULTY INITIATIVE
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $823.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF STATE ARTS AGENCIES
Purpose: ORGANIZATION ASKED MRS. SLAUGHTER TO SPEAK ABOUT THE ARTS. THEY PRESENTED HER WITH AN AWARD FOR HER CONGRESSIONAL EFFORTS
Date: Jul 28, 2001
Expense: $336.50
source

Destination: TRAVEL AND SPEECH ON 10/29, RETURN TO DC ON 10/30
Sponsor: Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: SPEECH-UPDATE ON ACTION ON CONGRESS
Date: Oct 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $388.83
source

Destination: SPEAK AT THE 13TH ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS FINANCIAL AID OFFICERS
Sponsor: Association of American Medical Colleges
Purpose: SPEAK ABOUT CREDIT CARD LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $996.00
source

Destination: ALBANY
Sponsor: NEW YORK STATE UNITED TEACHERS
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE 5TH ANNUAL NYSUT HEALTH & SAFETY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 8, 2002
Expense: $238.50
source

Destination: ROCHESTER, NY - ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
Sponsor: United Auto Workers
Purpose: SPEAKER AT A CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $155.00
source

Destination: ROCHESTER, NY - NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Free Press
Purpose: PLENARY SESSION
Date: May 26, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,497.81
source

Destination: ROCHESTER, NY - PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAKING ON PANEL
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,205.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Louise Mcintosh Slaughter

Cynthia Johnson
Lisa Latrovato
Becky Pomponio
Helen Reid
Sally Schaeffer
Norman Spencer



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

    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