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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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Confederation of Indian Industry - $245,412.64 spent on 21 trips
90.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
9.6% spent on Republican Party

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
India
Purpose - educational mission
Total Cost - $17,507.64

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (10 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - Fact finding on US- India relations and bilateral trade
Total Cost - $8,706.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
January 4, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (8 days)
New Delhi, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - education visit to meet with business and government officials, speech to CII in Bangalore, India
Total Cost - $16,873.28

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
April 15, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (4 days)
Bombay, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - Speeches to business groups, meeting with government officials
Total Cost - $432.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (15 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, Bangladesh
Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, speech to businessmen visit to Bangladesh to meet with government officials, businessmen, UNFPA projects, Grameen Bank
Total Cost - $8,888.76

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
January 6, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (10 days)
India
Purpose - Meetings with senior representatives in national state governments in India
Total Cost - $8,010.86

GREENWOOD, JAMES C - Republican Party
March 24, 2000 - March 24, 2000 (1 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - At the request of Speak Hastert, I represented the Speaker on President Clinton's March 18-26 mission aboard Air Force One to Bangladesh and India. While in India, I attended meetings of the Confederation of Indian Industry and Indian parliamentarians
Total Cost - $1,850.00

HOLT, RUSH - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001 (13 days)
Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $15,955.08

HOLT, RUSH - Democratic Party
December 31, 2001 - January 13, 2002 (14 days)
Bangalore, India
Purpose - Congressional delegation trip, World Economic Forum.
Total Cost - $842.33

MAJETTE, DENISE L - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (5 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - Congressional delegation headed by Rep. Joe Crowley to explore U.S. political, economic and defense ties to India, address Kashmir crisis, bilateral trade. Meetings with various ministers, including defense government officials and USAID project sites
Total Cost - $17,655.78

MARSHALL, JIM - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - CODEL
Total Cost - $17,951.66

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001 (13 days)
Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India - Cochin, India
Purpose - Confederation of Indian Industries Partnership Summit
Total Cost - $17,735.09

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - congressional delegation to India - fact finding trip
Total Cost - $18,800.30

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
January 4, 2002 - January 13, 2002 (10 days)
India
Purpose - educational - speech
Total Cost - $15,916.12

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (5 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,221.68

WEINER, ANTHONY D - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
New Delhi, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - Trade fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $8,690.08

CORNYN, JOHN - Republican Party
January 6, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (1 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $13,818.89

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
June 25, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (8 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - Fact Finding
Total Cost - $12,095.86

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (5 days)
Delhi, India - Agra, India
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $7,552.98

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
India
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $9,637.99

ISRAEL, STEVE - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (9 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India
Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, discuss defense and financial policies
Total Cost - $20,270.26

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