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teaching-teachers

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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Robert Ehrlich


Total cost of 25 office trips: $61,250.72


Trips by Robert Ehrlich
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $24,638.45

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON A PANEL
Date: Jan 5, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,192.76
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: National Association of Home Builders
Purpose: ATTEND BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Date: Jan 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,882.90
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES & PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: JOSEPH E SEAGRAM & SONS INC
Purpose: MEET WITH UNIVERSAL STUDIO EXECUTIVES
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,948.24
source

Destination: FT. MEYERS, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida Power & Light Co
Purpose: VISIT POWER PLANT
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,961.99
source

Destination: LANSDAWNE RESORT, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: GOLF TOURNAMENT
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $577.18
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 7, 2000
Expense: $316.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,680.33
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,700.00
source

Destination: VISIT ARTIC COASTAL PLAIN
Sponsor: Arctic Power
Purpose: VISIT ARTIC COASTAL PLAIN
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $9,962.60
source

Destination: OCEAN CITY, MD
Sponsor: Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 14, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $95.45
source

Destination:
Sponsor: MARYLAND CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $54.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,267.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Ehrlich

R Karl Aumann
William Gibson
Jill Homan
Steven Kreseski
Tom Lockwood
Bernard Marczyk



American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

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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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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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  • 08.27.15

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  • 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