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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

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National Council of La Raza - $11,699.18 spent on 10 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
June 26, 2004 - June 27, 2004 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $737.04

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
July 16, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (1 days)
Milwaukee, WI
Purpose - Senator address national Council of La Raza's annual conference luncheon
Total Cost - $320.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
June 28, 2004 - June 29, 2004 (2 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - As a panelist provided updates on legislative work on behalf of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus
Total Cost - $177.29

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
June 27, 2004 - June 27, 2004 (1 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $788.24

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
June 27, 2004 - June 29, 2004 (3 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Speaker at NCLR National Conference
Total Cost - $817.20

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
December 27, 2004 - December 30, 2004 (4 days)
Guadalajara, Mexico
Purpose - Retreat of Hispanic Leaders - Encuentro
Total Cost - $1,330.84

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
December 27, 2003 - December 30, 2003 (4 days)
Half Moon Bay, CA
Purpose - Hispanic leaders retreat - Encuentro
Total Cost - $2,139.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
December 26, 2001 - December 31, 2001 (6 days)
San Antonio, TX
Purpose - Encuentro - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $2,066.79

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
December 26, 2000 - December 29, 2000 (4 days)
Tampa, FL
Purpose - Hispanic Leaders Retreat - Encuentro
Total Cost - $2,717.02

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
July 18, 2005 - July 19, 2005 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Congressman spoke at NCLR Annual Conference - session entitled "Wealth Creation in Latino Communities" on 7/19.
Total Cost - $605.76

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