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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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    "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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Inter-American Economic Council - $123,365.29 spent on 27 trips
63.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
36.4% spent on Republican Party

CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - Meeting with government and business leaders to discuss the economic conditions of the region; to discuss ongoing trade initiatives in the region
Total Cost - $8,123.52

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,554.41

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
May 23, 2004 - May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Caribbean Trade Ministerial
Total Cost - $633.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (5 days)
St. Lucia - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - participated in the business roundtables during the inter-American economic council's 2004 congressional delegation
Total Cost - $8,233.50

NEY, ROBERT W - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - meet with U.S., and Antigua and Barbados government officials about tourism and financial services industries
Total Cost - $2,831.76

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - economic development business conference
Total Cost - $1,988.76

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
May 24, 2004 - May 25, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Caribbean trade ministerial/cong. Caribbean caucus
Total Cost - $795.50

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (5 days)
St. Lucia
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,102.50

SANDLIN, MAX - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - US relations with governments of Antigua and Barbados
Total Cost - $3,916.41

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - improving Barbados & Econ. Issues in Antigua
Total Cost - $6,263.67

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Econ. Counsel's 05 Congressional delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $3,159.43

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in business roundtables for Congressional delegation
Total Cost - $5,043.33

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
May 24, 2004 - May 25, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Meeting Of The Caribbean Trade Ministers
Total Cost - $1,166.70

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua.
Total Cost - $8,161.97

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Meetings with Heads of Government; Heads of State & business leaders to discuss relations between US and Caribbean Nations
Total Cost - $5,043.33

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participated in the Business Roundtable during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Cong. Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $5,043.33

BUTTERFIELD, G. K. - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Purpose - To attend a Business Roundtable during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $5,043.33

SWEENEY, JOHN E - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua for business roundtables.
Total Cost - $8,161.97

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Business roundtables 2005 Congressional Delegation
Total Cost - $8,161.97

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Sunny Isles, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic Council's IV Annual Business and Investment Roundtable timed to coincide with the XXXV Regular Session of the OAS
Total Cost - $1,060.98

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic IV annual business & investment roundtable
Total Cost - $1,118.72

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 4, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participated in Inter-American Economic Council IV Annual Business & Investment roundtable session
Total Cost - $884.91

BUTTERFIELD, G. K. - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic Council's IV Annual Business and Investment Roundtable timed to coincide with XXXV regular session of the OAS general assembly
Total Cost - $1,112.09

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 4, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Inter American Economic Council IV annual and investment council
Total Cost - $1,274.29

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