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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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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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New Atlantic Initiative, part of American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC - $108,593.02 spent on 32 trips
16.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
83.5% spent on Republican Party

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Manassas, VA
Purpose - bipartisan retreat for US house of representatives ways and means and US Senate Finance Committee members for policy discussions on economic, tax and deficit issues
Total Cost - $670.19

HARMAN, JANE - Democratic Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Aspen, CO
Purpose -
Total Cost - $4,655.00

HUTCHINSON, WILLIAM ASA - Republican Party
June 23, 2001 - June 24, 2001 (2 days)
Vail, CO
Purpose - Participate in panel.
Total Cost - $3,233.00

MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Manassas, VA
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $377.39

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
June 21, 2001 - June 23, 2001 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - World Forum
Total Cost - $900.00

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
June 19, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (4 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - 2003 World Forum
Total Cost - $954.00

PENCE, MIKE - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
Berlin, Germany
Co-sponsor(s):
Purpose - Attend conference on international terrorism
Total Cost - $1,266.58

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Manassas, VA
Purpose - AEI Economic Policy congressional Retreat. Robert Trent Jones Club
Total Cost - $765.86

RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - economic policy retreat
Total Cost - $600.08

SANFORD, MARSHALL C JR - Republican Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
Denver, CO
Purpose - Social security - gave speech
Total Cost - $815.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Avon, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - panel discussions
Total Cost - $2,710.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Gainesville, VA
Purpose - panel discussion on economy and taxes
Total Cost - $377.39

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
June 24, 2000 - June 27, 2000 (4 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Attendance at AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $4,390.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
March 9, 2000 - March 12, 2000 (4 days)
Paris, France
Purpose - Air fare for Senator's spouse to accompany Senator Biden to the New Atlantic Initiative Conference on Balkan Strategies. Senator Biden was already in Paris on Foreign Relations Committee business
Total Cost - $4,252.03

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
June 21, 2002 - June 23, 2002 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,077.00

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,399.00

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
June 20, 2001 - June 23, 2001 (4 days)
Vail, CO
Purpose - Forum. Washington, DC - Vail, CO
Total Cost -

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 21, 2003 (2 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Attend the AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $2,020.50

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 22, 2001 - June 24, 2001 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - speaker at annual meeting
Total Cost - $710.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 21, 2002 - June 23, 2002 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Participate in a panel discussion on counter terrorism
Total Cost - $4,124.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - Participate in AEI World Forum panel discussion
Total Cost - $5,697.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - Moderator in group discussions for the 2004 AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $3,210.00

MCCONNELL, MITCH - Republican Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Speaking engagement and panel participation - AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $3,210.00

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $4,900.00

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Congressional issues forum
Total Cost - $5,082.00

THOMPSON, FRED - Republican Party
July 22, 2001 - July 24, 2001 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - To moderate and participate in panel discussions
Total Cost - $480.00

THOMPSON, FRED - Republican Party
June 21, 2002 - June 23, 2002 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - to moderate and participate in panel discussions
Total Cost - $3,692.00

BINGAMAN, JEFF - Democratic Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - To participate in AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $4,670.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Avon, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - Panel discussions
Total Cost - $3,210.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - Moderator in group discussions for the 24th annual AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $5,183.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - To participate in panel discussions on Entitlements, Social Security, and Tax Reform
Total Cost - $27,962.00

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