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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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Congressional Economic Institute, Inc. - $93,181.11 spent on 17 trips
64.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
35.5% spent on Republican Party

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 3, 2000 (3 days)
Venice, Italy
Purpose - Transatlantic study trip
Total Cost - $1,090.00

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
April 12, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (3 days)
NV
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $1,136.00

CASTLE, MICHAEL N - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Venice, Italy
Purpose - TransAtlantic Policy Network -- Educational
Total Cost - $1,090.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
November 15, 2003 - November 23, 2003 (9 days)
Berlin, Germany - Strasbourg, France - Paris, France
Purpose - International relations and trade discussions
Total Cost - $15,801.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
April 12, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (6 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Germany
Co-sponsor(s): Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose - Speaking engagement - discussions of transatlantic policy issues
Total Cost - $13,238.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
April 10, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (11 days)
Budapest, Hungary - Brussels, Belgium - Stuttgart, Germany - Munich, Germany - London, England
Purpose - speaker and participant in Transatlantic Policy Network meeting on US EU relations, speaker and participant in the US Germany Marshall Fund Seminar and panelist in the Parliamentary Assembly Interparliamentary forum on Transatlantic dialogue
Total Cost - $13,393.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy
Purpose - Meet with European leaders and discuss economic issues
Total Cost - $10,244.62

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $1,282.24

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose - TPN winter meeting and CELI study visit
Total Cost - $5,592.25

MILLER, CANDICE S - Republican Party
April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Stuttgart, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - meeting with members of European Union, Parliament and other economic leaders
Total Cost - $12,568.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
April 12, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - trip focused on gaming and hospitality industries, nuclear waste disposal.
Total Cost - $1,335.00

NORTHUP, ANNE M - Republican Party
July 11, 2003 - July 13, 2003 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $1,180.00

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
July 7, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (2 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Study aviation safety and operation issues
Total Cost - $2,346.50

SAWYER, THOMAS - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy
Purpose - Study trip
Total Cost - $10,394.50

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Rome, Italy - Venice, Italy
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $1,260.00

ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Venice, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose - participate in fall meeting
Total Cost - $1,230.00

LATOURETTE, STEVEN C - Republican Party
July 6, 2000 - July 10, 2000 (5 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - aviation conference. Wash, DC - Seattle - Wash, DC
Total Cost -

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