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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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Crop Life America - $61,421.32 spent on 20 trips
22.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
77.1% spent on Republican Party

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To discuss issues with APCA executives that could impact the pesticide and biotechnology industry
Total Cost - $5,896.83

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Meetings and participate in panel discussion
Total Cost - $2,207.00

CANADY, CHARLES T - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Annual Mtg./participate in panel discussions
Total Cost - $3,644.72

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To attend ACPa Annual Meeting and discuss legislative issues affecting the agricultural chemical industry
Total Cost - $2,334.66

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To speak to the annual meeting of the ACPA
Total Cost - $3,676.41

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Educational - annual board meeting/member participation
Total Cost - $2,366.00

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - speak
Total Cost - $8,636.14

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speak at meeting
Total Cost - $4,384.98

EWING, THOMAS W - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,110.32

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $1,820.47

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
November 23, 2000 - November 24, 2000 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - acpa annual meeting
Total Cost - $4,900.28

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
September 23, 2001 - September 25, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - ACPA annual meeting
Total Cost - $4,900.28

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Meeting to discuss outlook for agricultural and environmental legislation
Total Cost - $1,142.30

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - speak to annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,620.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
February 26, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (3 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,969.51

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - annual meeting w/ Brd. Of Directors
Total Cost - $1,638.65

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
September 4, 2004 - September 6, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking and briefing
Total Cost - $1,679.76

LUCAS, FRANK D - Republican Party
September 24, 2004 - September 28, 2004 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Review agricultural and environmental issues affecting the crop protection industry
Total Cost - $2,598.33

NEUGEBAUER, RANDY - Republican Party
September 23, 2005 - September 26, 2005 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Review/discuss agricultural & environmental issues impacting the crop protection industry
Total Cost - $1,928.56

LUCAS, FRANK D - Republican Party
September 23, 2005 - September 26, 2005 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Review agricultural and environmental issues affecting the crop protection industry
Total Cost - $1,966.12

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