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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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    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.
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    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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Securities Industry Assn - $43,507.94 spent on 16 trips
42.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
57.4% spent on Republican Party

BAKER, RICHARD HUGH - Republican Party
April 19, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (4 days)
Not specified
Purpose - To speak at SIA's legislative conference
Total Cost - $4,297.50

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 9, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meet with securities industries executives
Total Cost - $1,000.00

NEY, ROBERT W - Republican Party
April 18, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (4 days)
Aventura, FL
Purpose - To address a securities conference.
Total Cost - $5,926.29

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
March 30, 2000 - April 2, 2000 (4 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $3,377.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
April 11, 2003 - April 14, 2003 (4 days)
Aventura, FL
Purpose - to speak with government representatives at Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $7,494.45

DODD, CHRISTOPHER J - Democratic Party
March 31, 2000 - April 2, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement at Securities Industry Association Government Relations spring legislative meeting
Total Cost - $3,746.50

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
March 18, 2004 - March 18, 2004 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Meeting with high level executives of financial services companies, arranged by SIA.
Total Cost - $412.36

SUNUNU, JOHN E - Republican Party
June 23, 2004 - June 24, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Keynote speaker at SIA conference
Total Cost - $686.14

MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
November 3, 2004 - November 5, 2004 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Waddell & Reed
Purpose - Speaker at Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $1,962.83

SUNUNU, JOHN E - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - November 30, 2004 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Keynote speaker at SIA Conference
Total Cost - $523.70

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
November 3, 2004 - November 5, 2004 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Participated on a Congressional panel
Total Cost - $3,401.96

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 5, 2005 (5 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Conference brought together members of Congress. Congressional Staff, and Representatives of the Securities Industry to discuss legislative regulatory initiatives impacting industry
Total Cost - $4,549.30

NEUGEBAUER, RANDY - Republican Party
April 28, 2005 - April 29, 2005 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Goldman Sachs
Purpose - Official fact finding and educational visit to meet with officials from the financial services industry
Total Cost - $2,533.55

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
April 4, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (1 days)
Aventura, FL
Purpose - Speak at SIA'S Government Relations Legislative Conference Dinner
Total Cost - $900.58

HART, MELISSA - Republican Party
November 3, 2004 - November 5, 2004 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Conference speaker as a member of the House Financial Services Committee for SIA annual conference
Total Cost - $2,247.27

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
September 12, 2005 - September 13, 2005 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - To attend the Securities Industry Association's New York briefing
Total Cost - $448.51

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