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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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Washington Office on Latin America - $19,547.62 spent on 10 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
February 20, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - fact-finding trip to evaluate the impact of the US Embargo on the people of Cuba
Total Cost - $2,411.62

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
April 15, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (6 days)
Cuba
Purpose - Fact-finding. To facilitate education and cultural exchanges between Massachusetts universities and Cuban counterparts
Total Cost - $2,150.00

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
February 16, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (7 days)
Colombia
Purpose - fact finding delegation
Total Cost - $1,930.76

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
February 14, 2003 - February 20, 2003 (7 days)
Colombia
Purpose - Fact-finding delegation
Total Cost - $2,656.48

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
February 17, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (5 days)
Colombia
Purpose - fact-finding delegation to Colombia
Total Cost - $2,145.88

MCNULTY, MICHAEL R - Democratic Party
February 20, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Educational fact-finding trip to Cuba
Total Cost - $1,806.17

MOAKLEY, JOE - Democratic Party
April 15, 2000 - April 19, 2000 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - creating dialogue and exchanges between education leaders Massachusetts and Cuba
Total Cost - $1,792.00

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
February 16, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (7 days)
Colombia
Purpose - fact finding delegation to Colombia
Total Cost - $1,930.76

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
October 10, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (4 days)
El Paso, TX
Purpose - Fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $1,280.38

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
October 11, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (3 days)
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Co-sponsor(s): Latin American Working Group
Purpose - Fact finding mission regarding Ciudad Juarez murders
Total Cost - $1,443.57

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