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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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EHRLICH, ROBERT LEROY JR, Republican Party
Maryland

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $24,638.35

Average cost per trip - $2,053.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 262 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Foundation of the Blind
Dates - July 7, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $286.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $316.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Home Builders
Dates - January 16, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Attend board of directors meeting
Notes - No explanation of other expenses

Travel Cost - $1,535.00
Lodging Cost - $340.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $7.40
Total Cost - $1,882.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida Power and Light
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - Visit power plant
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied; other expense is for rental car

Travel Cost - $788.00
Lodging Cost - $806.68
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost - $290.31
Total Cost - $1,961.99

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Golf tournament
Notes - Spouse kendel Ehrlich accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $367.06
Meal Cost - $210.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $577.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 9, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participate on a panel
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied

Travel Cost - $810.12
Lodging Cost - $1,282.64
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,192.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Inc.
Dates - February 17, 2000 - February 18, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - Meet with Universal Studio Executives
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,509.34
Lodging Cost - $438.90
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,948.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speak at annual conference
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost - $838.50
Lodging Cost - $841.83
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,680.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Participate in conference
Notes - Spouse Kendel accompanied.

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,700.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speak at annual conference
Notes - spouse Kendel S. Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost - $460.00
Lodging Cost - $807.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,267.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Arctic Power
Dates - August 11, 2001 - August 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Visit Arctic coastal plain
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost - $9,462.60
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,962.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maryland Classified Employees Association Inc.
Dates - October 22, 2001 - October 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speech at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $54.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $54.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Massachusetts State College Building Authority
Dates - October 14, 2001 - October 15, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ocean City, MD

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $87.20
Meal Cost - $8.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $95.45

Additional family members - Yes

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