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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.

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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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John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc. - $9,577.35 spent on 10 trips
22.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
77.5% spent on Republican Party

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
May 5, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (3 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - participated in conference
Total Cost - $1,976.16

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - annual meeting of the Profile in Courage Award Committee
Total Cost - $864.72

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
May 5, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Attend awards ceremony
Total Cost - $1,052.00

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
March 3, 2002 - March 4, 2002 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - attend award committee meeting
Total Cost - $736.25

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Organization meeting
Total Cost - $371.09

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
March 7, 2004 - March 8, 2004 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Organization meeting
Total Cost - $1,657.50

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
May 14, 2001 - May 14, 2001 (1 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Senator spoke at the Library and was honored with its Distinguished American award
Total Cost - $178.00

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meeting of the members of the Profile in Courage award committee
Total Cost - $949.90

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - To attend the Profile in Courage Award Committee Meeting for 2003
Total Cost - $859.59

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
March 6, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - As a member of the Profile in Courage Selection Committee, travel was necessary to attend their annual meeting to select this year's candidates for the award
Total Cost - $932.14

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