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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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    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

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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EMANUEL, RAHM, Democratic Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $14,780.12

Average cost per trip - $2,111.45
Total number of days spent traveling - 16 days
Rank of representative - 365 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National-Louis University
Dates - June 7, 2003 - June 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Delivery of commencement speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - September 14, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Visit to New York Stock Exchange and ringing of bell at the New York Stock Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $740.50
Lodging Cost - $371.28
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,111.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Visit to the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $331.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $219.86
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Future's Industry Association Annual Conference, "Washington Outlook Panel"
Notes - [Amended dates. 9/2/05]

Travel Cost - $2,707.10
Lodging Cost - $505.36
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,212.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - HBO
Dates - August 13, 2004 - August 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Notes - Chicago - Los Angeles - Chicago

Travel Cost - $2,194.89
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,194.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jean-Jaures Foundation
Dates - October 19, 2004 - October 24, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - Participation in a publication and seminar hosted by the Jean-Jaures Foundation
Notes - Chicago - Paris, France - Chicago

Travel Cost - $2,234.86
Lodging Cost - $2,588.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,190.76
Total Cost - $6,014.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - November 29, 2004 - November 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress
Notes - Location not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,023.65
Lodging Cost - $246.26
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,269.91

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