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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

Center for the Study of Popular Culture - $35,956.88 spent on 23 trips
3.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
96.9% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Abescon, NJ
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $668.80

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
August 31, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (4 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $1,859.20

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
November 13, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Restoration weekend
Total Cost - $3,026.72

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Speaker at Restoration weekend
Total Cost - $1,947.20

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
July 28, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (3 days)
Absecon, NJ
Purpose - participate on panel during restoration weekend
Total Cost - $421.88

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - To speak on panel at Restoration Weekend
Total Cost - $1,831.84

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
November 14, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Restoration weekend
Total Cost - $1,291.56

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
November 15, 2002 - November 17, 2002 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Restoration weekend - MC dinner
Total Cost - $5,859.00

PENCE, MIKE - Republican Party
November 14, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - official; promote government and conservative issues
Total Cost - $1,809.00

ROGAN, JAMES E - Republican Party
July 28, 2000 - July 29, 2000 (2 days)
Absecon, NJ
Purpose - Conference on global environment
Total Cost - $926.00

MCCONNELL, MITCH - Republican Party
November 15, 2002 - November 16, 2002 (2 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Remarks at annual "Restoration Weekend" luncheon on Saturday, November 16 at the Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, CA
Total Cost - $1,709.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
November 14, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (3 days)
West Plam Beach, FL
Purpose - Annual issues conference participant
Total Cost - $1,760.00

THOMAS, CRAIG - Republican Party
September 1, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (2 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - speak at annual event
Total Cost - $487.50

THOMPSON, FRED - Republican Party
August 31, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (4 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - Restoration Weekend and speech
Total Cost - $2,239.65

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
November 14, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (2 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - panelist at restoration weekend 2003 conference
Total Cost - $639.10

MILLER, ZELL BRYAN - Democratic Party
November 14, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (2 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement - received an award
Total Cost - $1,098.60

ROYCE, ED - Republican Party
November 11, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,792.20

QUINN, JACK - Republican Party
November 11, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (4 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Restoration weekend - retreat for policy and legislative review discussion of homeland security border safety "Al Qaeda 6" in Lackawanna, NY - FBI, CIA cooperation
Total Cost - $1,119.61

CULBERSON, JOHN - Republican Party
November 11, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (2 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Speak on panel - homeland security and immigration
Total Cost - $433.40

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
November 10, 2004 - November 13, 2004 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Keynote speaker at conference
Total Cost - $1,632.20

SUNUNU, JOHN E - Republican Party
November 11, 2004 - November 13, 2004 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Keynote speaker for Restoration Weekend 2004
Total Cost - $1,177.58

BUNNING, JIM - Republican Party
November 10, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
August 25, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - To deliver a breakfast keynote speech to an audience gathered for a day long conference on the issue of immigration
Total Cost - $2,226.84

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