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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

Back to all reports

World Economic Forum - $177,899.20 spent on 42 trips
42.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
58.0% spent on Republican Party

BEREUTER, DOUGLAS K - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $6,894.50

BEREUTER, DOUGLAS K - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $9,881.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 25, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (7 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participant and attended meetings
Total Cost - $8,606.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in and attend conference
Total Cost - $2,009.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 20, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend and participate in forum
Total Cost - $5,349.40

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $3,450.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - speak and participate in meetings with world economic leaders
Total Cost - $1,425.50

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 28, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $3,440.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 26, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in World Economic Forum's annual meeting
Total Cost - $7,490.53

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Participation in the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.
Total Cost - $7,161.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,802.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost -

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
January 21, 2004 - January 26, 2004 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in forum
Total Cost - $8,983.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - conference participation
Total Cost - $6,894.50

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
February 25, 2001 - February 27, 2001 (3 days)
Cancun, Mexico
Purpose - Forum meetings
Total Cost - $2,465.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Conference participation
Total Cost - $3,650.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in forum
Total Cost - $1,833.50

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 21, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (7 days)
Geneva, Switzerland - Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participation in World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $7,004.22

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - attend conference and give presentation on American legislative perspectives
Total Cost - $6,894.50

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participant
Total Cost - $1,993.50

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 26, 2000 - January 30, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate on a panel, Jan. 29-30 at personal expense
Total Cost - $4,640.00

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 24, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participant on panel
Total Cost - $7,211.00

MORAN, JAMES P JR - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - to discuss the future of NATO
Total Cost - $3,650.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participant in World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos
Total Cost - $9,464.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Participated in WEF annual meeting
Total Cost - $270.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - congressman participated in forum
Total Cost - $7,907.84

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - speech and fact finding
Total Cost - $1,742.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - World Economic Forum Conference
Total Cost - $927.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
January 22, 2004 - January 26, 2004 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attendance at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.
Total Cost - $2,058.58

DODD, CHRISTOPHER J - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - speaking engagement at work economic forum annual meeting
Total Cost - $6,038.56

GRAHAM, BOB - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $1,727.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
January 25, 2001 - January 27, 2001 (3 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Speech, participation in Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $1,380.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Participation in forum (four day event)
Total Cost - $1,711.00

KERRY, JOHN F - Democratic Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in World Economic Conference
Total Cost - $5,919.00

KERRY, JOHN F - Democratic Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the world economic conference
Total Cost - $5,052.10

SMITH, GORDON HAROLD - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in workshops
Total Cost - $2,156.00

TORRICELLI, ROBERT G - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To attend World Economic Forum conference
Total Cost - $1,871.00

FEINSTEIN, DIANNE - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participate in the Forum's 30th annual meeting
Total Cost - $180.00

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 26, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (5 days)
Switzerland
Purpose - Participate in panels on various economic issues
Total Cost - $8,475.38

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 25, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels, meet with world leaders
Total Cost - $5,549.58

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 22, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels
Total Cost - $1,878.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 21, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participate in World Economic Forum meetings as part of CODEL Portman
Total Cost - $864.01

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