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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

CCIT - $8,130.77 spent on 14 trips
96.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
3.1% spent on Republican Party

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
January 10, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (1 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Trade forum
Total Cost - $572.00

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Gave remarks and presided over panel at Monterey Congressional Forum
Total Cost - $1,293.50

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Part of legislative panel
Total Cost - $1,250.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Trade Policy conference
Total Cost - $130.90

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - give speech at annual conference
Total Cost - $526.92

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
January 8, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): National Foreign Trade Council
Purpose - Speaking role at Monterey Trade Forum
Total Cost - $194.96

HOOLEY, DARLENE - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Educational trip; speaking engagement
Total Cost - $575.00

INSLEE, JAY R - Democratic Party
January 10, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - attend Monterey Congressional Forum on Trade
Total Cost - $364.21

INSLEE, JAY R - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - To attend Monterey Congressional forum on trade policy
Total Cost - $973.38

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Panelist at trade conference
Total Cost - $889.00

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
January 11, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - speak to conference attendees
Total Cost - $250.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $100.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): California Arts Council
Purpose - Featured speaker at congressional reception
Total Cost - $600.50

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (1 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Served on panel at Trade Policy Forum
Total Cost - $410.40

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