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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

Back to all reports

Invest to Compete Alliance - $30,495.03 spent on 17 trips
49.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
50.7% spent on Republican Party

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cape Cod, MA
Purpose - Meeting - leadership seminar
Total Cost - $1,013.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
July 6, 2000 - July 9, 2000 (4 days)
Cape Cod, MA
Purpose - Congressional leadership educational speaker
Total Cost - $2,100.00

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
July 5, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (4 days)
Cape Cod, MA
Purpose - Workshop/Congressional Education Seminar
Total Cost - $1,650.00

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
July 4, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (5 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Conference/seminar
Total Cost - $1,824.00

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
July 5, 2002 - July 8, 2002 (4 days)
Newport, RI
Purpose - congressional leadership educational seminar
Total Cost - $1,970.35

MALONEY, JAMES H - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (4 days)
Chatham, MA
Purpose - Congressional Leadership Educational Seminar
Total Cost - $2,127.00

MOAKLEY, JOE - Democratic Party
July 5, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (3 days)
Chatham, MA
Purpose - education seminar
Total Cost - $1,250.00

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
July 5, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (4 days)
Chatham, MA
Purpose - Educational seminar
Total Cost - $1,575.00

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
July 4, 2001 - July 7, 2001 (4 days)
Chatham, MA
Purpose - Educational issues seminar
Total Cost - $1,671.00

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
July 4, 2003 - July 6, 2003 (3 days)
Newport, RI
Purpose - Legislative seminar
Total Cost - $1,090.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
July 6, 2000 - July 9, 2000 (4 days)
Hyannis, MA
Purpose - Congressional educational seminar
Total Cost - $3,246.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
December 13, 2002 - December 16, 2002 (4 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Participate in ITCA's winter Congressional Leadership Seminar at PGA National Resort and Spa
Total Cost - $3,844.00

SMITH, ROBERT - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 3, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - participate in a congressional leadership educational seminar
Total Cost - $2,049.50

ENZI, MICHAEL B - Republican Party
July 3, 2004 - July 5, 2004 (3 days)
Cape Cod, MA
Purpose - To attend "Invest to Compete Alliance" conference
Total Cost - $2,635.18

GREGG, JUDD A - Republican Party
December 13, 2002 - December 16, 2002 (4 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Invest to Compete Alliance Congressional Leadership Educational Seminar
Total Cost -

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
June 30, 2004 - July 3, 2004 (4 days)
Cape Cod, MA
Purpose - Congressional leadership educational seminar
Total Cost - $1,470.00

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
July 1, 2005 - July 3, 2005 (3 days)
Chatham, MA
Purpose - Legislative seminar / Bipartisan educational leadership seminar
Total Cost - $980.00

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