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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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Association of Trial Lawyers of America - $28,735.74 spent on 19 trips
92.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
8.0% spent on Republican Party

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
July 18, 2003 - July 20, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,051.29

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Address ATLA National Convention
Total Cost - $607.00

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - ATLA yearly conference
Total Cost - $801.50

PELOSI, NANCY - Democratic Party
February 9, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,844.25

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
February 10, 2001 - February 11, 2001 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA - New Orleans, LA
Purpose - speech to ATLA's mid-winter convention
Total Cost - $3,109.75

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
February 13, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (3 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Speech to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Winter Conference
Total Cost - $3,830.02

CLELAND, JOSEPH MAXWELL - Democratic Party
July 31, 2000 - August 3, 2000 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $1,278.70

DODD, CHRISTOPHER J - Democratic Party
February 23, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (2 days)
Amelia Island, FL
Purpose - Keynote address at Annual Conference.
Total Cost -

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F - Democratic Party
August 4, 2000 - August 4, 2000 (1 days)
Hilton Head, SC
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $250.00

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F - Democratic Party
July 13, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (3 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,589.61

JOHNSON, TIM - Democratic Party
July 13, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (4 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - To speak at the annual convention of the Association of Trial Lawyers
Total Cost - $3,400.00

LEAHY, PATRICK - Democratic Party
January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - speech to the association
Total Cost - $2,021.15

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
May 12, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (2 days)
Lansing, MI
Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Michigan trial Lawyers Banquet
Total Cost - $783.60

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
July 14, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (3 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - Speaker at the annual meeting of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Total Cost - $3,757.50

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Speech to A.T.L.A. luncheon
Total Cost - $654.00

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
January 30, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (1 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker, American Trial Lawyers Association 2005 Winter Convention
Total Cost - $260.00

STABENOW, DEBBIE - Democratic Party
January 28, 2005 - January 29, 2005 (2 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $1,190.88

DURBIN, RICHARD J - Democratic Party
July 23, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (1 days)
Toronto, Canada
Purpose - Deliver keynote address at opening plenary session of annual conference of Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Total Cost - $839.73

DAVIS, ARTUR GENESTRE - Democratic Party
July 23, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (2 days)
Toronto, Canada
Purpose - Luncheon speaker for ATLA annual convention
Total Cost - $466.76

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