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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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  • 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

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Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation - $322,943.08 spent on 25 trips
34.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
65.9% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
April 11, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (1 days)
Lebanon
Purpose - Congressional fact-finding
Total Cost - $280.00

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (11 days)
Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - Congressional fact-finding and speech
Total Cost - $18,000.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
March 24, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (8 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - fact-finding and educational mission
Total Cost - $8,900.51

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
March 28, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (4 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar - Lisbon, Portugal
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - to attend Qatari-American international conference
Total Cost - $9,325.04

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Doha, Qatar - New Delhi, India
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - Speech and participating in conference on free trade
Total Cost - $12,497.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - Third Annual Qatar-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Total Cost - $8,724.00

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
April 5, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (8 days)
Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $19,500.00

MCKEON, HOWARD P - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Qatar
Purpose - Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets & Democracy, Doha Qatar
Total Cost - $15,800.00

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 16, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $8,267.80

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 5, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (11 days)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Doha, Qatar - Lebanon - Cairo, Egypt
Purpose - speak at the Qatari American conference and fact finding
Total Cost - $9,140.00

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - speak
Total Cost - $6,229.74

ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
March 22, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (9 days)
London, England - Qatar
Purpose - second annual Qatari-American conference on free markets and democracy
Total Cost - $18,870.00

ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
April 11, 2003 - April 22, 2003 (12 days)
Doha, Qatar - Vienna, Austria
Purpose - Attend conference with Codel
Total Cost - $19,797.00

RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
April 2, 2004 - April 9, 2004 (8 days)
Qatar - Bahrain - United Arab Emirates
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $19,800.76

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 11, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (6 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $8,540.00

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 4, 2004 - April 9, 2004 (6 days)
Doha, Qatar - Bahrain - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - speak at conference in Doha and investigate money laundering in the Middle East
Total Cost - $18,097.68

SUNUNU, JOHN E - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (6 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar
Purpose - to speak at the Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Total Cost - $9,000.00

TANCREDO, THOMAS GERARD - Republican Party
April 5, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (8 days)
United Arab Emirates - Qatar - Lebanon
Purpose - congressional fact finding
Total Cost - $10,480.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
April 11, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $16,480.00

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
March 24, 2002 - April 1, 2002 (9 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar - Rome, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - conference on trade and Christian/Muslim dialogue. Participated in discussion about impact of WTO on domestic commerce.
Total Cost - $17,643.02

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
March 25, 2005 - March 31, 2005 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Attend fifth annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $20,132.90

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
March 26, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Attend Fifth Annual Forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $8,854.70

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
March 27, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar - N'Djamena, Chad
Purpose - Doha (Attend conference on Free Trade and Democracy) Chad (Visit refugee camps; humanitarian fact-finding)
Total Cost - $10,142.43

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
March 25, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (11 days)
Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon - Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL), National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Fact finding, attend annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha
Total Cost - $18,137.00

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
March 28, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (3 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Participate in fifth annual forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $10,303.50

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