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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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NEI - $313,087.78 spent on 24 trips
35.2% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
64.8% spent on Republican Party

BARRETT, JAMES GRESHAM - Republican Party
August 12, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To tour the Department of Energy's nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain
Total Cost - $3,774.09

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Paris, France - Avignon, France
Purpose - Tour European nuclear technologies sites - fact finding.
Total Cost - $18,564.20

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
June 28, 2002 - July 6, 2002 (9 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Seville, Spain
Purpose - fact-finding trip and tour of European nuclear technology sites
Total Cost - $16,813.30

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Marseilles, France - Paris, France
Purpose - Tour French nuclear energy facilities
Total Cost - $18,413.80

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
June 30, 2002 - July 6, 2002 (7 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Seville, Spain
Purpose - fact-finding and tour of European nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $16,907.30

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Paris, France
Purpose - Tour French nuclear energy facilities
Total Cost - $15,769.20

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
November 17, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (6 days)
Paris, France
Purpose - Fact finding tour
Total Cost - $14,708.00

CRENSHAW, ANDER M - Republican Party
August 4, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (5 days)
Rome, Italy - London, England
Purpose - To tour energy facilities and ministries in Italy
Total Cost - $10,893.16

DOYLE, MIKE - Democratic Party
June 28, 2002 - July 4, 2002 (7 days)
Spain
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $18,006.00

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Barcelona, Spain
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to Spanish nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $14,624.00

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
August 2, 2003 - August 7, 2003 (6 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $10,638.00

KIRK, MARK STEVEN - Republican Party
March 25, 2001 - March 25, 2001 (1 days)
Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - Helicopter flight and tour of Yucca Mountain
Total Cost - $360.00

LAHOOD, RAY - Republican Party
April 14, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (8 days)
Paris, France - Cherbourg, France
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to European nuclear technologies site
Total Cost - $15,002.40

LATHAM, THOMAS P - Republican Party
August 2, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (7 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - To meet with Energy Ministry, discuss post-Chernobyl nuclear policies, economic consequences of decreased nuclear generation in Italy. Toured geothermal facilities and discussed construction methods, new technologies and safety.
Total Cost - $18,053.14

MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
June 30, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (7 days)
Marseilles, France
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $19,164.20

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
November 17, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (6 days)
Paris, France - Normandy, France
Purpose - Meet French senators and congressmen about nuclear energy issues and visit nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $19,685.00

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Avignon, France - Paris, France
Purpose - visit: Vandello I & II & ERODIF Enrichment Facility
Total Cost - $19,872.00

QUINN, JACK - Republican Party
April 15, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (7 days)
Paris, France - Cherbourg, France
Purpose - fact finding trip to European Nuclear sites
Total Cost - $16,131.40

SANDLIN, MAX - Democratic Party
November 11, 2001 - November 13, 2001 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - fact finding program to Yucca Mountain, NV
Total Cost - $1,255.70

SHIMKUS, JOHN M - Republican Party
March 25, 2001 - March 26, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Total Cost - $1,707.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Total Cost - $1,629.40

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
August 2, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (7 days)
Italy
Purpose - Fact finding trip to the Ansaldo-Camozzi Nuclear and special Components Facility in Italy.
Total Cost - $18,911.81

TOWNS, EDOLPHUS - Democratic Party
May 14, 2004 - May 14, 2004 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Participate in program
Total Cost - $2,426.20

STUPAK, BART - Democratic Party
May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Paris, France
Purpose - Tour of Spanish and French nuclear facilities and discussions with industry officials
Total Cost - $19,778.48

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