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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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Lexington Institute - $36,482.62 spent on 16 trips
55.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
44.6% spent on Republican Party

CLAY, WILLIAM L SR - Democratic Party
January 3, 2002 - January 7, 2002 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,367.00

DELAHUNT, WILLIAM D - Democratic Party
January 21, 2003 - January 23, 2003 (3 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Explore opportunities for US business and fact finding mission
Total Cost - $869.00

DELAHUNT, WILLIAM D - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Investigate opportunities for US business
Total Cost - $2,051.34

EMERSON, JO ANN H - Republican Party
January 3, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba - Varadero, Cuba - Santiago, Cuba
Purpose - explore Cuba trade options and benefits
Total Cost - $2,420.50

EMERSON, JO ANN H - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba - Varadero, Cuba - Santiago, Cuba
Purpose - Fact finding and research for foreign policy issues
Total Cost - $2,558.02

FLAKE, JEFF - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Cuba
Purpose - Fact finding, meetings
Total Cost - $2,558.02

LOWEY, NITA M - Democratic Party
March 6, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (6 days)
Cuba
Purpose - US Cuba relations; policy
Total Cost - $2,558.02

LYNCH, STEPHEN F - Democratic Party
January 3, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Official meetings with government and religious leaders
Total Cost - $2,420.50

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Meet Cuban trade officials, dissidents, and government officials
Total Cost - $2,558.02

REHBERG, DENNIS R - Republican Party
March 6, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - trade meetings (wheat)
Total Cost - $2,051.34

SNYDER, VICTOR F - Democratic Party
January 3, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (6 days)
Cuba
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $2,254.50

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
January 2, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (7 days)
Cuba
Purpose - educational exchange/fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,584.00

TANNER, JOHN S - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Discuss trade issues with Cuba
Total Cost - $2,558.02

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
March 20, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Fact finding, educational, meetings with government officials
Total Cost - $2,502.00

FLAKE, JEFF - Republican Party
March 20, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (5 days)
Cuba
Purpose - Fact- finding
Total Cost - $2,121.00

OTTER, C.L. BUTCH - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Fact finding, meetings with Government officials
Total Cost - $2,051.34

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