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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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Edison Electric Institute - $25,320.15 spent on 15 trips
13.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
86.1% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - To deliver the keynote address at the Edison Electric Institute National Accts. Workshop
Total Cost - $734.80

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
September 4, 2001 - September 5, 2001 (2 days)
CO
Purpose - Attend and speak to CEO forum - energy issues
Total Cost - $1,951.25

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
September 1, 2003 - September 3, 2003 (3 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - Speak to the Board of Directors and members of the Edison Electric Institute Conference
Total Cost - $1,592.33

PALLONE, FRANK JR - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - Speech and panel discussion
Total Cost - $2,871.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
June 2, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speech on energy policy
Total Cost - $1,415.00

HAGEL, CHARLES T - Republican Party
June 3, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Guest speaker for EEI's policy committee on public and governmental affairs
Total Cost - $1,283.00

MURKOWSKI, FRANK - Republican Party
January 9, 2000 - January 15, 2000 (7 days)
London, England - Madrid, Spain
Co-sponsor(s): BP, Rio Tinto
Purpose - World Energy briefings by BP, intl. Mineral Market, Forecast for 2000 and beyond briefings by Rio Tinto, meeting with Spanish Electric Association and a site visit to their nuclear plant facilities
Total Cost - $5,644.37

MURKOWSKI, FRANK - Republican Party
January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - speech and discussion panel participant at the institute's CEO meeting
Total Cost - $6,234.29

SMITH, ROBERT - Republican Party
February 18, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,050.27

SMITH, GORDON HAROLD - Republican Party
February 18, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (2 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $419.50

VOINOVICH, GEORGE V - Republican Party
January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - EEI Energy Conference
Total Cost - $291.13

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking engagement for Edison Electric Institute conference, attend Brookings Institute conference. Philadelphia - Las Vegas
Total Cost - $651.81

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
January 6, 2005 - January 6, 2005 (1 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Speaking engagement to EEI CEO Conference
Total Cost - $181.40

DOMENICI, PETE V - Republican Party
January 7, 2004 - January 7, 2004 (1 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Co-sponsor(s): Public Service Co of New Mexico
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost -

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
February 15, 2004 - February 16, 2004 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - not specified
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