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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

Back to all reports

National Cable Television Assn - $102,697.25 spent on 33 trips
37.4% spent on Democratic Party
1.7% spent on Independent Party
60.9% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - attend 51st convention and NCTA board/congressional event
Total Cost - $1,406.00

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - None specified
Total Cost - $2,455.69

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
September 17, 2003 - September 17, 2003 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - NCTA/National Association of Minorities in Communication Board of Directors Meeting
Total Cost - $310.00

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Attend educational meetings regarding telecommunications
Total Cost - $4,810.08

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
May 2, 2004 - May 4, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - participant at its annual convention
Total Cost - $2,441.10

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
June 6, 2003 - June 7, 2003 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - NCTA Cable conference and relationship building between NCTA and CBC
Total Cost - $1,702.65

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
June 9, 2001 - June 12, 2001 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - to participate in NCTA Convention
Total Cost - $2,993.89

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
May 1, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - participation in annual convention
Total Cost - $5,267.16

FLETCHER, ERNIE - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - 51st annual convention -- educational meetings and exposition
Total Cost - $2,260.01

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
June 7, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - To attend the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's 52nd annual convention and international exposition
Total Cost - $5,641.24

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
May 1, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - to participate in the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's annual conference
Total Cost - $4,724.57

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Keynote speaker at banquet
Total Cost - $2,738.09

NORWOOD, CHARLES W - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - attend cable 2002 convention, speech at public policy lunch
Total Cost - $3,750.19

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
May 2, 2004 - May 4, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - speak at NCTA, participate in panel discussions - meet with Wisconsin cable and telecommunication representatives - attend educational sessions - view exhibits on digital and broadband services, technology and hardware
Total Cost - $5,929.60

SHIMKUS, JOHN M - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Attend NCTA's annual convention
Total Cost - $1,031.53

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
May 7, 2000 - May 8, 2000 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $1,662.00

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - conference speaker
Total Cost - $2,510.28

TERRY, LEE - Republican Party
June 5, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (5 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - To learn and understand the current trends of the industry to be more knowledgeable about current and potential law that will affect HDTV
Total Cost - $5,114.84

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
June 10, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Attend National Cable Television Conference and speak to Tribune Management Forum.
Total Cost - $1,822.50

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
June 6, 2003 - June 8, 2003 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - public policy forum on industry issues
Total Cost - $2,882.02

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 8, 2000 - May 8, 2000 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - To deliver speech to the 49th Annual Convention and International Exposition of the National Television Association
Total Cost - $1,477.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
June 10, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - attend national convention, fact finding, see demonstration of new technology
Total Cost - $1,163.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Speaking and participate in roundtable - Montanans present
Total Cost - $2,496.84

DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW - Democratic Party
June 11, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (1 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $2,067.50

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
May 5, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Participate in annual conference
Total Cost - $320.00

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
May 2, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Remarks at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Total Cost - $687.00

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Attend conference
Total Cost - $1,704.62

KING, STEVEN A - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Educational, public policy
Total Cost - $4,019.13

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - To attend the 2005 National Show sponsored by the NCTA to meet with cable providers, programmers and suppliers to learn first hand how the industry operates and their public policy concerns.
Total Cost - $8,350.05

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 3, 2005 - April 5, 2005 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speak before NCTA, meet w/executives in cable and telecom, meet w/WI members of NCTA, attend educational sessions, view exhibits
Total Cost - $3,941.42

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
March 31, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (5 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Annual convention/educational
Total Cost - $5,767.94

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Attend meeting with cable executives; attend annual NCTA convention, and speak at Diversity Session
Total Cost - $5,152.60

BLACKBURN, MARSHA W - Republican Party
April 2, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (3 days)
Oakland, CA
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $4,096.71

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