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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.

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

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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Republican Main Street Partnership - $36,218.84 spent on 21 trips
0.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
100.0% spent on Republican Party

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
CA
Purpose - To gather high-tech information
Total Cost - $1,187.20

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - meetings and fact finding
Total Cost - $1,924.00

BIGGERT, JUDY - Republican Party
April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Fundraising for the GOP Main Street Partnership
Total Cost - $1,890.00

CASTLE, MICHAEL N - Republican Party
April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Fundraising for Republican
Total Cost - $1,186.00

CASTLE, MICHAEL N - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Informational
Total Cost - $2,304.49

CASTLE, MICHAEL N - Republican Party
June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - policy discussion
Total Cost - $1,956.32

EHLERS, VERNON J - Republican Party
April 15, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (4 days)
CA
Purpose - Meeting with technology companies.
Total Cost - $789.92

GILLMOR, PAUL E - Republican Party
April 23, 2001 - April 26, 2001 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Visit high-tech companies and facilities.
Total Cost - $1,937.40

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
April 24, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (5 days)
Elmira, NY
Purpose - meet w/ corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest
Total Cost - $1,803.44

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA - Silicon Valley, CA - Napa Valley, CA
Purpose - Meet with corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest.
Total Cost - $928.40

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - panel discussions, meetings with corporate officials to discuss legislation of mutual interest.
Total Cost - $1,635.66

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 23, 2003 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Conference to share ideas
Total Cost - $2,975.00

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - To visit firms in the high-tech corridor
Total Cost - $2,299.06

OSE, DOUG - Republican Party
June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - policy
Total Cost - $2,189.00

SHAW, CLAY - Republican Party
June 21, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - conference to share ideas
Total Cost - $1,709.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
April 23, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Learn about the Silicon Valley high-tech industry
Total Cost - $1,419.50

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
June 8, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - participate in a panel discussion
Total Cost - $514.49

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
June 18, 2001 - June 18, 2001 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - to speak at their luncheon held in NYC
Total Cost - $631.00

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - to attend their annual meeting
Total Cost - $4,546.96

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 23, 2003 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - RMSP New York City Policy Retreat Weekend
Total Cost - $2,392.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
March 16, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (5 days)
Bermuda
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