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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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Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce - $189,350.66 spent on 28 trips
64.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
35.3% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $9,122.00

BARTLETT, ROSCOE G JR - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $5,120.00

CARSON, JULIA - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,590.00

CRENSHAW, ANDER M - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Total Cost - $1,242.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
November 18, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Meetings with Taiwanese officials, meetings with business leaders
Total Cost - $4,510.00

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $15,140.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Total Cost - $1,242.00

GILMAN, BENJAMIN A - Republican Party
August 13, 2001 - August 16, 2001 (4 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit and participate in the Global Peace Conference
Total Cost - $9,900.00

HILLEARY, VAN - Republican Party
December 26, 2000 - January 2, 2001 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Attending seminar, fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $8,190.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

KING, PETER - Republican Party
August 27, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (4 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Education/meetings
Total Cost - $5,600.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (1 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $13,790.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
November 11, 2000 - November 26, 2000 (16 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Attending seminar, education visit
Total Cost - $3,770.00

NETHERCUTT, GEORGE R - Republican Party
April 10, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Attend seminar
Total Cost - $3,770.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and education
Total Cost - $4,950.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $5,050.00

OSE, DOUG - Republican Party
January 6, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding, educational and economic development
Total Cost - $5,050.00

REYES, SILVESTRE - Democratic Party
May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $8,550.00

RILEY, BOB - Republican Party
August 13, 2000 - August 17, 2000 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,129.00

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Total Cost - $1,226.00

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
January 2, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding/education
Total Cost - $2,550.00

SOUDER, MARK E - Republican Party
July 1, 2000 - July 10, 2000 (10 days)
Singapore
Co-sponsor(s): Singapore International Foundation
Purpose - official visit to gov't leaders
Total Cost - $20,831.66

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
December 17, 2001 - December 21, 2001 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $4,786.00

WU, DAVID MR. - Democratic Party
April 13, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong
Co-sponsor(s): H & Q Asia Pacific
Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $6,362.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
May 27, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (7 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit to Taiwan
Total Cost - $8,600.00

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