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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.

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  • 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

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

Back to all reports

American Shipbuilding Association - $30,815.20 spent on 19 trips
46.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
53.4% spent on Republican Party

ALLEN, THOMAS H - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - To discuss the shipbuilding industry and its future
Total Cost - $1,527.12

DAVIS, JO ANN S - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Navy shipbuilding workshop
Total Cost - $715.60

FORBES, J RANDY - Republican Party
November 30, 2003 - December 4, 2003 (5 days)
Fort Myers, FL - Naples, FL
Purpose - American Shipbuilding Association's Congressional/Industry workshop for members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $2,102.65

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Participant in the American Shipbuilding Association's congressional/industry workshop
Total Cost - $1,777.03

ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Opportunity for members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry, to share areas of concern and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,611.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - discussion of policy and issues pertaining to shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,562.82

TAYLOR, GENE - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - American Shipbuilding Association Congressional Workshop - policy discussions with shipbuilding representatives and other members of Congress
Total Cost - $1,309.22

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
December 2, 2002 - December 3, 2002 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Participate in a congressional/industry workshop with leaders of the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,410.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - To discuss policy and legislation regarding the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $2,355.00

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Congressional/Industry workshop
Total Cost - $1,850.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Forum for members and industry to share areas of concern and to discuss policy to rebuild sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $1,310.09

TAYLOR, GENE - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Workshop for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $1,348.82

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $2,828.71

FORBES, J RANDY - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (7 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - American Shipbuilding Assn's Congressional Workshop to provide a forum for Members of Congress & leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share ideas of concern and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services & the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,724.27

ALLEN, THOMAS H - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild sea service and the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,469.37

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Congressional Workshop
Total Cost - $1,441.14

DAVIS, JO ANN S - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Education - Naval Shipbuilding Association
Total Cost - $907.97

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Congressional / Industry workshop
Total Cost - $1,851.84

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,712.55

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