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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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  • 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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TN Bankers Assn - $52,659.28 spent on 26 trips
45.8% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
54.2% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
March 27, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (1 days)
NC
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $784.50

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
May 26, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (5 days)
Napa, CA
Purpose - Spoke to GBA annual conference
Total Cost - $3,077.36

DAVIS, THOMAS M III - Republican Party
February 9, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - address ABA legislative conference
Total Cost - $570.31

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 22, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Speech at Legislative Liaison Advisory Committee Winter Conference
Total Cost - $1,787.00

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
July 27, 2002 - July 29, 2002 (3 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - to speak to participants at the ABA's summer meeting
Total Cost - $8,245.00

GORDON, BARTON JENNINGS - Democratic Party
June 9, 2000 - June 13, 2000 (5 days)
Bermuda
Purpose - speaker-annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,762.96

HOOLEY, DARLENE - Democratic Party
February 5, 2004 - February 6, 2004 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Legislative Liaison Advisory Committee Winter Conference
Total Cost - $1,897.08

LUCAS, FRANK D - Republican Party
November 13, 2001 - November 13, 2001 (1 days)
St. Louis, MO
Purpose - Speak at American Bankers Association National Agricultural Bankers Conference
Total Cost - $1,295.50

LUCAS, KENNETH RAY - Democratic Party
September 9, 2001 - September 10, 2001 (2 days)
Sea Island, GA
Purpose - To deliver a speech to the convention
Total Cost - $1,184.45

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - speech at conference
Total Cost - $2,015.00

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
February 25, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Address to ABA LLAC Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $3,621.34

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
March 21, 2002 - March 22, 2002 (2 days)
San Antonio, TX
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,048.11

TOOMEY, PATRICK - Republican Party
February 15, 2001 - February 16, 2001 (2 days)
Tampa, FL
Purpose - speak at Legislative liaison advisory committee.
Total Cost - $1,309.53

HAGEL, CHARLES T - Republican Party
July 19, 2003 - July 20, 2003 (2 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - speak at American Bankers Association annual meeting
Total Cost - $3,668.00

MURKOWSKI, FRANK - Republican Party
July 14, 2000 - July 16, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - speech at annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,690.45

REED, JACK - Democratic Party
February 25, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - speech at the annual winter conference
Total Cost - $1,977.00

BUNNING, JIM - Republican Party
September 9, 2001 - September 10, 2001 (2 days)
Sea Island, GA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,791.80

ENZI, MICHAEL B - Republican Party
February 21, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (3 days)
Coral Gables, FL
Purpose - Convention speaker
Total Cost - $5,935.00

PRYOR, MARK LUNSFORD - Democratic Party
August 8, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (1 days)
Branson, MO
Purpose - Speech at annual convention
Total Cost - $823.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
February 10, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speech for 2005 Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $1,187.80

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
February 11, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (1 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speak to their Legislative Liaison Advisory Conference
Total Cost - $950.29

NEY, ROBERT W - Republican Party
July 10, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speech to the ABA's summer meeting
Total Cost - $1,000.01

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
October 26, 2004 - October 27, 2004 (2 days)
Nashville, TN
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $339.60

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $834.01

CRAPO, MICHAEL D - Republican Party
June 6, 2004 - June 8, 2004 (3 days)
Tampa, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost -

HENSARLING, JEB MR. - Republican Party
August 16, 2005 - August 18, 2005 (3 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - Guest speaker at annual conference
Total Cost - $2,864.18

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