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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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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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Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America - $48,750.70 spent on 12 trips
82.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
17.7% spent on Republican Party

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
West Palm Beach, FL - St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Purpose - panelist: access to medicine
Total Cost - $1,914.95

CLAY, WILLIAM L SR - Democratic Party
April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil - El Salvador
Co-sponsor(s): CitiGroup, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Port of New Orleans, iGATE Technologies, Odebrecht, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Purpose - fact finding mission; meetings with government and business officials; conference participant
Total Cost - $8,810.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 3, 2001 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Speaker at the African-American State Legislators Conf.
Total Cost - $1,448.30

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music, Altria, CNN - Late Edition, Pfizer, Inc., Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Puerto Rico Telephone
Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $5,736.66

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
March 27, 2003 - March 30, 2003 (4 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Conference speaker
Total Cost - $4,234.69

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
March 29, 2001 - March 31, 2001 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - keynote speaker to group of CEOs representing America's pharmaceutical companies
Total Cost - $4,606.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
March 22, 2002 - March 24, 2002 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - PhRMA annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,600.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
March 27, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - to address a group of CEO's representing America's pharmaceutical companies at PhRMA's annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,101.70

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
April 1, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - To speak to Board members on key issues
Total Cost - $2,288.00

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
March 22, 2002 - March 22, 2002 (1 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,467.91

ALLEN, GEORGE - Republican Party
March 27, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement for PHRMA and pharmaceutical industry representatives.
Total Cost - $911.75

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Co-sponsor(s): iGATE Technologies, CitiGroup, Port of New Orleans, General Motors, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, GlaxoSmithKline
Purpose - Participation in the Afro-Brazilian / African American Business Summit (panel discussion leader)
Total Cost - $11,630.74

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