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teaching-teachers

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Office of

Patrick Leahy


Total cost of 15 office trips: $38,927.36


Trips by Patrick Leahy
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $31,314.09

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS OF AMERICA CONVENTION FOR SELF AND SPOUSE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,021.15
source

Destination: ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION
Purpose: REMARKS AT MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION ANNUAL BANQUET. MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Jun 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $475.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION
Purpose: REMARKS AT MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION BANQUET, MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $295.00
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Sponsor: Simons Foundation
Purpose: REMARKS AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE SIMONS FOUNDATION AWARD FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT. MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Nov 30, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $5,595.33
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSION HOSTED BY THE CONSUMER ELECTRONIC ASSOCIATION AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONIC SHOW. MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,857.00
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Allen & Company
Purpose: DISCUSSION IN THE PANEL SESSION ON HIV/AIDS AT THE ALLEN & COMPANY ANNUAL CONFERENCE. MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Jul 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,818.01
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE, KY
Sponsor: University of Kentucky
Purpose: REMARKS TO THE MCCONNELL SCHOLARS AS WELL AS THE GENERAL LOUISVILLE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY. MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Mar 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,749.60
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Center for Strategic and International Studies
Purpose: U.S. PARTICIPANT IN CSIS'S HIGH LEVEL DIALOGUE ENTITLED "THE FUTURE OF THE U.S.-FRENCH SECURITY RELATIONSHIP." MARCELLE ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Nov 11, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $15,503.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Patrick Leahy

Steven Dettelbach
Kevin Mcdonald
Matthew Payne-Funk
Philip Toomajian
Erik Winchester



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

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    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