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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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.

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American Legacy Foundation - $19,769.35 spent on 18 trips
96.1% spent on Democratic Party
3.9% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,500.94

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $892.94

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 10, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Tri Caucus Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,186.73

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
July 10, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Attend Congressional Summit on Health Disparities
Total Cost - $1,219.07

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Members of the CBC, CHC, and CAPAC met to discuss minority health issues
Total Cost - $436.74

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
July 10, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Participate in Tri-Caucus Minority Health Summit - Miami, FL
Total Cost - $775.81

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Tri Caucus Minority Health Summit - participant
Total Cost - $1,176.07

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Conduct Tri-Caucus Health Forum in Miami, FL
Total Cost - $892.94

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

BORDALLO, MADELEINE Z - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - A minority health summit that highlighted important health issues facing minority communities today
Total Cost - $1,146.46

GRIJALVA, RAUL M MR. - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, AHIP, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Purpose - Minority health summit
Total Cost - $2,223.86

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, America's Health Insurance Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Group
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,458.82

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, AARP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Purpose - Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,207.80

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Participate in 3rd Annual Tri-Caucus Health Forum
Total Cost - $821.20

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Coalition to Promote Minority Health
Purpose - Minority Health Summit in Chicago, IL; Congressman Honda attended as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $1,200.66

CARSON, JULIA - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Minority health summit - to promote minority health
Total Cost - $685.31

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, AHIP, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Purpose - Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,507.38

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AHIP, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Purpose - Minority health summit
Total Cost - $1,436.62

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.