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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.

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

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

Back to all reports

National Assn of Broadcasters - $150,956.09 spent on 41 trips
27.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
72.3% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
April 21, 2001 - April 24, 2001 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participated in panel discussion
Total Cost - $5,101.83

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
April 17, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in a SHIVA roundtable
Total Cost - $2,604.79

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
April 16, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speaking engagement as a member of a Congressional panel
Total Cost - $5,963.10

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 21, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speech to annual convention of television digital transition matters.
Total Cost - $1,761.00

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
April 6, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - public policy conference
Total Cost - $3,414.72

DINGELL, JOHN D - Democratic Party
January 13, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (2 days)
Carlsbad, CA
Purpose - To address Board of Directors Winter Meeting in Carlsbad
Total Cost - $5,753.91

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
April 20, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speak at convention and meet w/ association members
Total Cost - $3,750.04

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
April 4, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participation in National Association of Broadcasters 2003 Convention
Total Cost - $6,655.30

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
October 2, 2003 - October 3, 2003 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Participate in National Association of Broadcasters radio show
Total Cost - $876.23

FOSSELLA, VITO MR - Republican Party
April 8, 2001 - April 10, 2001 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $4,080.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
April 5, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Serve on a congressional panel
Total Cost - $4,072.84

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
April 4, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaker at National Association of Broadcasters Congressional Breakfast
Total Cost - $6,945.19

HARMAN, JANE - Democratic Party
April 22, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking engagement at conference.
Total Cost - $321.00

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
April 7, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speak at annual meeting - energy and commerce issues
Total Cost - $1,054.63

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
April 7, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in panel discussion at Natl. Association of Broadcasters 2000 convention
Total Cost - $7,082.85

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
April 20, 2001 - April 24, 2001 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on legislative panel at the National Association of Broadcasters 2001 Convention
Total Cost - $9,361.74

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 7, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - convention participation and roundtable discussion
Total Cost - $1,882.61

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 5, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - to speak at conference of broadcasters
Total Cost - $8,401.22

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 18, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speak at national association of broadcasters - meet with Wisconsin broadcasters - attend educational sessions - view exhibits on broadcasting, the internet, mulitmedia technology and hardware
Total Cost - $5,815.25

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
January 7, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (4 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,264.76

TERRY, LEE - Republican Party
April 6, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,303.22

TERRY, LEE - Republican Party
April 4, 2003 - April 6, 2003 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Served on a panel
Total Cost - $4,329.25

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
April 18, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - conference (relating to subcommittee)
Total Cost - $2,085.80

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Educational; speaker on legislative update panel
Total Cost - $1,498.20

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 4, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - participate in congressional panel
Total Cost - $3,291.25

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
October 2, 2003 - October 3, 2003 (2 days)
Portland, OR
Purpose - official speaking engagement and congressional panel participation at National Association of Broadcasters Convention
Total Cost - $2,537.72

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 16, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - NAB conference; participate in congressional panel
Total Cost - $2,702.14

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 9, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Keynote speaker
Total Cost - $1,236.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 7, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking on panel
Total Cost - $2,519.50

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 6, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in panel discussion
Total Cost - $4,109.97

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 18, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on panel with Montanans present
Total Cost - $2,820.65

WYDEN, RONALD LEE - Democratic Party
September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - speech to NAB congressional breakfast
Total Cost - $3,933.63

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
April 6, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - national association of broadcasters annual convention congressional panelist
Total Cost - $3,019.75

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
April 17, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To speak on a panel regarding telecommunications issues. - 1000 people
Total Cost - $1,353.44

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 16, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speak w/ executives at NAB, meet w/ broadcasters, attend educational sessions new exhibits on broadcasting, internet, multimedia technology and hardware
Total Cost - $4,816.31

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,436.60

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on a panel at the Congressional breakfast at the National Association of Broadcasters
Total Cost - $4,984.49

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 17, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - NAB conference; participate in Congressional panel
Total Cost - $1,873.05

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 17, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on panel. Montanans will be present
Total Cost - $3,240.85

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
April 16, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To participate in the National Association of Broadcaster's Annual Convention
Total Cost - $2,367.70

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
April 16, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in annual conference
Total Cost - $5,333.56

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