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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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Humpty Dumpty Institute - $28,745.85 spent on 26 trips
96.4% spent on Democratic Party
2.4% spent on Independent Party
1.2% spent on Republican Party

BALDWIN, TAMMY - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - education
Total Cost - $706.00

BELL, R CHRISTOPHER - Democratic Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,489.60

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Merrill Lynch
Purpose - Freshman Democratic member fact-finding tour
Total Cost - $2,062.25

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,066.52

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Fact finding tour of the New York Exchange
Total Cost - $1,991.24

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - fact-finding about U.S. capital markets and international development issues
Total Cost - $851.91

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meetings with United Nations officials
Total Cost - $336.50

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,807.19

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
January 16, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Economic and security issues in Africa and the Caribbean Basin Workshop
Total Cost - $692.60

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
May 7, 2004 - May 8, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - congressional delegation to visit UN headquarters
Total Cost - $616.70

HILLIARD, EARL F - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,122.09

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - markets research and fact finding mission
Total Cost - $1,141.09

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - CBC visit to NY Stock Exchange
Total Cost - $2,010.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $992.42

LOWEY, NITA M - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - congressional women's caucus
Total Cost - $50.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
June 14, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Congressional Black Caucus visit to New York Stock Exchange
Total Cost - $1,252.37

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Banking and UN fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $958.50

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Briefing from U.S. mission to UN, visit to secretariat
Total Cost - $958.50

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - To tour the New York Stock Exchange and the United Nationals. To attend briefings on related issues
Total Cost - $870.55

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - fact-finding and meetings
Total Cost - $601.06

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): US-UN Women's Forum
Purpose - Participate in forum for women
Total Cost - $1,019.38

SCOTT, ROBERT C BOBBY - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Educational trip to New York City with Congressional Black Caucus
Total Cost - $651.08

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $1,018.65

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
January 16, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - to attend the retreat on economic and security issues in Africa and the Caribbean basin
Total Cost - $2,705.20

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - United Nations Meeting
Total Cost - $554.25

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Meetings at the United Nations
Total Cost - $1,220.20

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