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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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University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design - $28,427.18 spent on 16 trips
90.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
9.1% spent on Republican Party

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Speak to the Faculty and students on foreign policy issues
Total Cost - $356.50

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
February 24, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (2 days)
Berkeley, CA
Purpose - Participate in their urbanism conference
Total Cost - $787.75

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
February 24, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (5 days)
Miami, FL - San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,725.92

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Participate in forum on US - Mexico
Total Cost - $1,594.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 13, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Commencement address
Total Cost - $288.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
May 5, 2000 - May 6, 2000 (2 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Address (speech) group to discuss current Orange County Issues
Total Cost - $750.00

FILNER, BOB - Democratic Party
September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - US - Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $1,507.00

WELLSTONE, PAUL DAVID - Democratic Party
April 16, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,787.00

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
May 23, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (1 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Panetta Institute
Purpose - To be part of student program
Total Cost - $8,099.00

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - Participation in the third annual United States - Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $1,633.34

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - To participate in the US-Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $904.34

CANNON, CHRISTOPHER B - Republican Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - US-Mexico Futures Forum meeting. The Futures Forum is an unique network of leading political and social actors, who think about the issues facing bother countries
Total Cost - $1,844.54

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - 3rd Annual Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $2,414.36

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,792.98

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
April 15, 2004 - April 15, 2004 (1 days)
Berkeley, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker at a public forum on Haiti, attended by faculty, students and community members
Total Cost - $378.00

LIPINSKI, DANIEL WILLIAM - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
London, England
Purpose - US Senate Conference: fact-finding conference
Total Cost - $564.45

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