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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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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

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EHLERS, VERNON J, Republican Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $19,966.42

Average cost per trip - $1,535.88
Total number of days spent traveling - 45 days
Rank of representative - 302 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 15, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - Meeting with technology companies.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $341.00
Lodging Cost - $448.92
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $789.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speech on improving K-12 Math-Science educ.
Notes - meal expenses included

Travel Cost - $589.50
Lodging Cost - $446.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,036.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale University
Dates - May 2, 2002 - May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Haven, CT

Purpose - speech at major symposium
Notes - other expenses include cab fare

Travel Cost - $799.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $15.00
Total Cost - $964.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dates - February 15, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Receive an award and give several speeches
Notes -

Travel Cost - $515.02
Lodging Cost - $284.00
Meal Cost - $5.32
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $804.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Conference on health care issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $633.21
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $633.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speech to members of American Association of Railroads
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $832.00
Meal Cost - $416.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,248.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dates - September 25, 2003 - September 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Madison, WI

Purpose - Presentation on science, education and congress
Notes -

Travel Cost - $614.50
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $829.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Road Builders
Dates - August 7, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - MI

Purpose - Legislative policy conference
Notes - Spouse Johanna Ehlers accompanied. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $880.04
Meal Cost - $419.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,299.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Retreat on faith and politics
Notes -

Travel Cost - $379.33
Lodging Cost - $158.00
Meal Cost - $127.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $664.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute, Carnegie Foundation
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Congressional Conference on Education Reform..
Notes - Wife Johanna Ehlers accompanied - other expense is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,603.18
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $270.00
Total Cost - $5,493.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Participate in congressional health policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $874.03
Lodging Cost - $1,322.10
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,671.13

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electronic Industries Alliance
Dates - October 7, 2005 - October 10, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - To give one speech and lead two roundtable discussions
Notes - Washington, DC - Charleston, SC - Grand Rapids, MI Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,362.29
Lodging Cost - $765.30
Meal Cost - $210.04
Other Cost - $255.96
Total Cost - $2,593.59

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Christa McAuliffe Center for Education & Teaching Excellence, Second Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit
Dates - October 16, 2005 - October 17, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sturbridge, MA

Purpose - Speech about the importance of math and science education for America's children
Notes - Grand Rapids, MI - Sturbridge, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $830.60
Lodging Cost - $89.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $939.60

Additional family members - No

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