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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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Chinese Int'l Economic Cooperation Assn - $235,533.85 spent on 28 trips
46.8% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
53.2% spent on Republican Party

ACKERMAN, GARY L - Democratic Party
January 11, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $4,970.00

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $12,090.00

BURTON, DANNY L - Republican Party
December 6, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (13 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - official visit with Pres./Am. Institute/and government and business leaders.
Total Cost - $7,250.00

CALLAHAN, HERBERT L - Republican Party
March 21, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (9 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $10,500.00

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
January 13, 2003 - January 21, 2003 (9 days)
Taiwan - Japan
Purpose - To participate in international inter-parliamentary conference on Asian-Pacific security and meet with Taiwanese officials including President, VP, Premier Speaker and legislators, and to meet with Japanese ministers and legislators.
Total Cost - $8,539.60

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
January 3, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (13 days)
Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India - Taipei, Taiwan
Co-sponsor(s): Inayat Begum Foundation, Jubilee Campaign, USA
Purpose - Pakistan/India portion: to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues. Taiwan portion: speak at Asia-Pacific Security Interparliamentary Forum, meet with President, vice-president and prime minister
Total Cost - $6,959.92

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
March 21, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (9 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $5,250.00

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $25,483.86

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $11,743.55

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - Fact-finding visit
Total Cost - $6,870.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (9 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $11,346.00

POMEROY, EARL RALPH - Democratic Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taiwan - South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $11,838.30

RANGEL, CHARLES B - Democratic Party
December 12, 2002 - December 18, 2002 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and education
Total Cost - $5,830.00

ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
January 12, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - economic conference/ research
Total Cost - $10,173.62

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
March 23, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $9,200.00

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
January 14, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding Visit
Total Cost - $3,790.00

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (3 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,539.00

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
June 26, 2004 - June 30, 2004 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $4,500.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (8 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Kao-hsiung, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding trip/meeting with high government officials
Total Cost - $7,250.00

CULBERSON, JOHN - Republican Party
November 28, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (7 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Learn about Taiwan's defense needs and the trade relationship between Taiwan and America (especially Houston)
Total Cost - $8,000.00

GINGREY, PHILLIP J - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-Finding & Education visit
Total Cost - $14,500.00

BURTON, DANNY L - Republican Party
October 19, 2004 - October 28, 2004 (10 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $5,750.00

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
November 5, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding, educational visit
Total Cost - $7,250.00

LANGEVIN, JAMES R - Democratic Party
December 1, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (4 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $4,840.00

KENNEDY, PATRICK J - Democratic Party
January 4, 2004 - January 7, 2004 (4 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Promote and strengthen cultural and economic ties to Rhode Island
Total Cost - $4,700.00

GARRETT, E SCOTT - Republican Party
January 12, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (5 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Familiarization / Educational trip to Taiwan
Total Cost - $5,080.00

CARTER, JOHN - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding.
Total Cost - $7,190.00

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
August 12, 2005 - August 19, 2005 (8 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Attending Democratic Pacific Union inaugural meeting and fact finding / educational visit
Total Cost - $8,100.00

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