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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

    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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Service Employees & Industries Union - $19,231.37 spent on 12 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
August 24, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (1 days)
Oakland, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,251.50

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
January 24, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Speech, SEIU Executive Board
Total Cost - $794.00

WELLSTONE, PAUL DAVID - Democratic Party
May 20, 2000 - May 20, 2000 (1 days)
Pittsburgh, PA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $331.00

WELLSTONE, PAUL DAVID - Democratic Party
September 29, 2000 - September 30, 2000 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,683.89

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
November 4, 2002 - November 4, 2002 (1 days)
Albany, NY
Purpose - speaking to unions/CSEA event. White Plains, NY -Albany - White Plains, NY
Total Cost - $850.45

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
April 22, 2005 - April 25, 2005 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Service Employees & Industries Union: "Dialogue of Puerto Rican Leaders on Social Issues"
Total Cost - $777.40

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (2 days)
Puerto Rico - Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Participation in SEIU immigration rally and various events
Total Cost - $3,708.65

GRIJALVA, RAUL M MR. - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, 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): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, 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): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, Aetna, AARP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Purpose - Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,207.80

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, 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): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, 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

    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