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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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Office of

Vernon Ehlers


Total cost of 67 office trips: $91,468.21


Trips by Vernon Ehlers
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $30,397.18

Destination: NAPLES FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE: "EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO ACCELERATE EDUCATION REFORM"
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $3,851.86
source

Destination: TUCSON AZ
Sponsor: Business-Higher Education Forum
Purpose: SPEECH ON SCIENCE POLICY AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
Date: Feb 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,653.63
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: GEORGIA TECH AND AMER. ASSOC. FOR ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $742.69
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS
Sponsor: Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $533.49
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: DSR INC., TECHISSUES.NET, & ZIFF-DAVIS CO.
Purpose: SPEAKER AT PANEL DISCUSSION AT COMDEX 2000
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,218.22
source

Destination: REDWOOD CITY, CA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ELECTRON INDUSTRIES AND EDUCATIONAL VENTURES
Date: Apr 22, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,385.71
source

Destination: COLLEGE STATION TX
Sponsor: TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY
Purpose: SPEECH TO FACULTY AND MEETINGS WITH FACULTY AND STUDENTS
Date: Apr 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $580.04
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS (MI) TO NEW YORK TO D.C.
Sponsor: NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,123.66
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,472.30
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS MI-NEW ORLEANS LA-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Council for Chemical Research
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,035.56
source

Destination: PALM BEACH FL
Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Purpose: SPEECH ON IMPROVING K-12 MATH-SCIENCE EDUC.
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,036.10
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $789.92
source

Destination: YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN CT
Sponsor: Yale University
Purpose: SPEAK AT MAJOR SYMPOSIUM
Date: May 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $964.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA CA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: RETREAT ON FAITH & POLITICS
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $664.81
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS TO FORT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS OF AAR & PARTICIPATION IN DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,248.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Purpose: RECEIVE AN AWARD AND GIVE SEVERAL SPEAKES
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $804.34
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Michigan Road Builders Association
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 7, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,299.04
source

Destination: MADISON WISCONSIN
Sponsor: University of Wisconsin
Purpose: PRESENTATION IN SCIENCE, EDUCATION & CONGRESS
Date: Sep 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $829.50
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS MI TO FORT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONF.
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,671.13
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN TO CANCUN, MEXICAO
Sponsor: ASPEN INSTITUTE AND CARNEGIE FOUNDATION
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,493.18
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Vernon Ehlers

Ellen Burns
William Mcbride
Rachel Post
Matthew Reiffer
Matthew Reiffes
Jeffrey Sural
Julia Warner
Cameron Wilson



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