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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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    An American way of teaching

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    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.
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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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Congressional Institute - $61,109.64 spent on 74 trips
0.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
100.0% spent on Republican Party

ARMEY, RICHARD - Republican Party
February 3, 2000 - February 5, 2000 (3 days)
Nemacolin, PA
Purpose -
Total Cost - $504.00

ARMEY, RICHARD - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $190.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - members' conference retreat
Total Cost - $785.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Louis, MO
Purpose - ELC Retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
February 6, 2003 - February 9, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $1,214.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $210.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $660.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Elected Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership conference retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - ELC Retreat (House Elected Leadership Retreat)
Total Cost - $190.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 29, 2003 (1 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $717.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership meeting
Total Cost - $190.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - January 31, 2002 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - House/Senate Republican planning conference
Total Cost - $722.50

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Discuss congressional agenda items for this session of Congress
Total Cost - $900.21

HASTERT, DENNIS J - Republican Party
February 1, 2001 - February 3, 2001 (3 days)
Williamsburg, VA
Purpose - Republican planning conference.
Total Cost - $589.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house elected leadership retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Republican Elected Leaders Retreat 2 nights at the Inn at Perry Cabin,
Total Cost - $717.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - ELC retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $900.21

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - leadership retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $913.34

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senior Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $739.00

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,429.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Participate in the Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $1,112.00

MCCONNELL, MITCH - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Attendance at annual Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $739.00

SANTORUM, RICHARD J - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senate Leadership Meeting
Total Cost - $1,183.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Republican senators working retreat
Total Cost - $597.00

ALLEN, GEORGE - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $705.00

GREGG, JUDD A - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - The Congressional Institute Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost -

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, AZ
Total Cost - $1,071.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat to discuss agenda for 109th Congress
Total Cost - $728.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Richmond, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Conference discussion of 10 years of progress
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WELDON, DAVE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

SOUDER, MARK E - Republican Party
January 6, 2005 - January 10, 2005 (5 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Enabling Members of the 104th class to learn from lessons of the past decade and provide insight to successfully plan for the next decade
Total Cost - $1,638.00

SHADEGG, JOHN B - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,134.00

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Educational - to assess Congressional accomplishments, review lessons learned & anticipate future challenges
Total Cost - $1,638.00

MYRICK, SUE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

HASTINGS, DOC - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $776.00

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
January 27, 2005 - January 28, 2005 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bicameral Congressional Retreat.
Total Cost - $820.00

SANTORUM, RICHARD J - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Meeting of House and Senate Leadership
Total Cost - $776.00

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Attend Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $776.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - ELC Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th class retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - House Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral leadership retreat
Total Cost - $726.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.12

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
January 29, 2004 - January 31, 2004 (3 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

NUSSLE, JIM - Republican Party
January 15, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (1 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership meeting
Total Cost -

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